Shavon Carrillo told her 12-year-old son “I love you,” just before she pulled the trigger and critically wounded the child, according to a Las Vegas police report released Wednesday.
Carrillo, 31, who also goes by Shavon Aguilar, was arrested Monday after police were called to an apartment to investigate the shooting. She faces one charge of attempted murder and three charges of child abuse.
Carrillo was living with her sister and brother-in-law, the report said. She told police that she tried to commit suicide three months ago when she and her husband split up. She admitted to using methamphetamine and felt that she was being followed by people associated with her husband.
Early Monday morning, Carrillo said a man she called “Bobby” came to the residence to pick up money she owed him. She told police she kept a rifle in the closet because she feared Bobby and got the gun out when he showed up.
After the exchange, she came back and was trying to build “enough courage to kill her children and herself,” the report said, because she wanted them all to be in a “better place.”
She told police she shot the .22-caliber rifle when she saw headlights through the window and heard a car door slam, the report said. Carrillo was lying next to her son in his sleeping bag before she fired.
Her brother-in-law rushed in to see what happened and wrestled the gun away from Carrillo before she could shoot herself, the report said.
Carrillo’s two daughters were in bed in the same room as the son in the apartment on Pebble Beach Boulevard, near Vegas Drive and Decatur Boulevard. It’s unclear whether any of the children were awake when the shot was fired.
The 12-year-old was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. Police do not expect him to survive.
Carrillo’s criminal record includes convictions on forgery-related charges and a separate drug possession charge, court records show.
A “very close friend of the family,” who does not want to be named because she is also scared of “Bobby,” the man Aguilar told police she feared, offered a different perspective on the mother.
“(Carrillo) has always been a loving mother,” the friend said. She said that Carrillo was “always involved” in her children’s school work and after-school activities. The friend, who has known Carrillo and her family for three years, said the boy “always wanted to be near his mom” and also was very close to his sisters. She described the boy as an outstanding student and “very outgoing,” “lovable” and with a “great big heart.”
Carrillo during questioning told police the boy was picked on by other family members and was not properly cared for by his father, according to the arrest report. Carrillo is being held without bail in Clark County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in court today.
An attempted murder charge implies that there was intent to kill. A conviction carries a two- to 20-year prison term in Nevada. Each child abuse charge carries an additional two to 20 years in prison for a conviction.
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