Updated November 22, 2023 - 11:20 am
One person was detained after a man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon within a large shopping complex in southwest Las Vegas, police said.
At 1:36 p.m., Metropolitan Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the 7200 block of Arroyo Crossing Parkway in the Arroyo Market Square mall between South Tenaya Way and South Rainbow Boulevard, police said in a news release.
“This is an isolated incident,” Captain Timothy Hatchett told reporters Tuesday. Hatchett said officers responded within 30 seconds to the shooting.
“Currently during our holiday season, we have Holiday Initiative officers throughout the valley to make sure our community is safe,” Hatchett said, adding that’s why the officers were able to respond so quickly.
Metro announced earlier Tuesday in a press release that its 2023 Holiday Initiative, which sees officers stationed throughout the Las Vegas Valley at shopping areas, began this week.
Officers located a man with a gunshot wound and medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene, according to police.
“It’s an ongoing investigation,” said Metro spokesperson Officer Bob Wicks on Wednesday. “We are still trying to decipher who was the victim and who the suspect was.”
Wicks said that no arrest had been made as of Wednesday morning.
The police department’s homicide division is handling the investigation, police said.
Police investigators worked Tuesday evening at the scene, which was in the parking lot about several hundred feet from the front of the Walmart. A large section of the parking lot was sealed off with police tape until about 7 p.m.
After the police tape was taken down and officers left, what appeared to be blood could be seen on the pavement, along with leftover medical equipment.
Officers worked around two stopped vehicles, a car and and SUV, but it was unclear if the two vehicles were involved in the shooting.
Just after 6 p.m., what appeared to be a body, covered up and on a stretcher, was wheeled into the back of a white van.
Review-Journal staff writer Brett Clarkson contributed to this report.