Man faces attempted murder charges in Teton Trails Park shooting

A male suspect in a shooting that injured two women at a northwest valley soccer field is in custody on unrelated charges, Las Vegas police said.

Ezra Peoples, 18, faces two counts of attempted murder, police said. The weapon used in the Jan. 19 shooting at Teton Trails Park was a .22 caliber rifle.

Peoples is in custody at the Clark County Detention Center on charges relating to a Jan. 30 robbery and kidnapping, police said.

According to Las Vegas police reports, the second suspect in the robbery and kidnapping, Maurice Talley, informed police of Peoples’ possible role in the shooting. Peoples confided in Talley that he had been angry with his family the day of the shooting and fired at the people in the park, on Bradley Road near Deer Springs Way, from a window of the house.

Rachel Merrifield was grazed in the chest area by a bullet while the other victim, Diana Jimenez, was hit in the leg. Neither injury was considered life threatening, but physicians decided to leave numerous bullet fragments in Jimenez’s leg, reports said. The victims were visiting Las Vegas to participate in a soccer match, police said.

When detectives searched Peoples’ home, they discovered numerous firearms, including two .22 Caliber rifles with scopes, reports indicated.

Detectives also noticed that windows in the southwest portion of the house had a direct sight line towards the area of the park where the two victims had been shot.

Peoples will be re-booked with two charges of attempted murder, police said.

Contact reporter Colton Lochhead at or 702-383-0264.

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