A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the October death of an 18-year-old man, a shooting that Las Vegas police believe was gang-related, the Review-Journal has learned.
Miguel Magallon is facing felony charges of murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, and discharging a firearm within or from a structure or vehicle in connection with the Oct. 26 shooting of Aaron Rodriguez, Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Ray Spencer confirmed Tuesday.
The charges of murder and discharging a firearm against Magallon have a gang crime enhancement, which would add from one to 20 years onto his prison sentence for each charge if he is convicted, according to the state statute.
He was transferred from juvenile custody Monday evening to the Clark County Detention Center, jail records show.
In Nevada, minors 16 or older accused of murder are automatically certified as adults in the court system, while children 13 or older may be certified and tried as an adult upon a motion by the district attorney and after a full investigation and hearing by the court.
Rodriguez, a North Las Vegas resident, was found lying in the roadway of northbound Pecos Road, near Haddock Avenue, after multiple residents in the area heard gunshots.
He was taken to University Medical Center but died of multiple gunshot wounds at the hospital, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.
A Clark County School District spokesman said Tuesday that he could neither confirm nor deny whether Magallon, who had turned 14 just two months before the shooting, was enrolled as a student.
Further details surrounding Magallon’s arrest were not immediately available. A status check in the case is scheduled for March 13 in Las Vegas Justice Court, records show.