Police investigation two early-morning murders

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Metro Police are looking for killers in a pair of murders that happened early Monday morning, about 90 minutes apart.

The first murder happened at 1:41 a.m. in a residential neighborhood near E Craig Rd. and N Lamb Blvd. According to Metro Lt. Dan McGrath, a man was shot outside a home on Calimesa St.  He was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Lt. McGrath said a Hispanic man in his mid-20’s was walking in the neighborhood when a pickup truck approached.  The victim exchanged words with the driver and someone in the truck opened fire.  A neighbor saw the truck drive away.

The shooting was first reported by Metro’s ShotSpotter technology, which uses strategically placed microphones around the valley to listen for gunshots and pinpoint their location.

Lt. McGrath said detectives from Metro’s gang unit are on the scene because there was recent gang graffiti in the neighborhood, and because the victim might have gang ties.

The second murder happened outside a strip mall at Rancho Dr. and Washington Ave.  Detectives say a homeless man was shot near the Rancho Discount Mall and died at the scene.

Lt. McGrath said two other homeless people were sleeping nearby.  They told police the killer walked up to the victim and opened fire without warning.  The shooter ran away, and the witnesses could not provide a detailed description. 

Homeless people frequently live near the strip mall and around nearby Lorenzi Park.  Two homeless people, a 53-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were shot to death in that same area on December 27, 2017.  Michael Thompson, 32, was arrested and is facing two murder charges in that case.

Police said the suspects in both murders Monday morning are still outstanding.  If you know anything that could help solve the crimes, you are urged to call police or Crime Stoppers of Nevada at 702-385-5555.

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