Las Vegas police believe a woman shot her son in self-defense after he killed his father.
The shooting took place in a west valley neighborhood Thursday and the family’s neighbors are still trying to make sense of it.
Some neighbors are at a loss for words trying to describe the violence between a 15-year-old boy and his parents.
“How do you? I don’t know. It’s hard to say,” said neighbor Paul Snyder.
He can’t imagine how a family can recover after the tragic events that happened across the street from his house.
Police say a 15-year-old fatally shot his father in the garage. A bullet hole is visible in the door. Investigators believe the teenager then shot his mother, who then got another gun and fired back striking her son.
Both are recovering from their wounds.
“That’s what I was really surprised,” Snyder said. “When the officers over here said ‘Well the mother got another gun, got another gun and all of a sudden we got like an Old West shootout here.”
Like some of his neighbors, Snyder is left with many unanswered questions.
“If they had guns in the house, and you knew they had an unstable child, shouldn’t you lock ’em up in a gun safe or something?”
Neighbors tell 8 News Now they would often hear the son get into screaming matches with his parents. They describe the teenager as angry and a bully. Some say he was kicked out of school.
A spokesperson for the Clark County School District says they don’t have a student by the name of the suspected shooter.
8 News Now is not releasing his identify because he’s a minor.
“Well, I don’t know what’s going on with the young kids, do you? It’s just seems, just terrible, how they’re so desensitized and that they have no respect,” said Alexander Stewart, painting contractor for neighborhood.
The Clark County District Attorney’s Office says they are reviewing the case but wouldn’t say if they plan to prosecute the teen as an adult. Police haven’t released a motive for the shooting in this, otherwise, quiet neighborhood
“This is the first time something like this has ever happened here,” Snyder said.
The Clark County coroner has not released the name of the father.