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Suspect who shot 5 homeless men still on the run, police say

Updated December 11, 2023 - 7:10 pm

Las Vegas police on Friday continued to search for a gunman who shot five men on Dec. 1 at an east valley homeless encampment, killing one.

“This is still an active, ongoing investigation,” the Metropolitan Police Department wrote in an email.

Police said no arrests had been made and provided no other updates.

Gunfire erupted about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at a sidewalk encampment on Charleston Boulevard and Sandhill Road.

Police said the shooter, whom they only described as being male, approached the group and opened fire.

Surveillance footage shows the shooter running past a business and entering the passenger side of a dark-colored SUV, police said.

Timothy Bratton, 57, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

The four other men were taken to University Medical Center, where one was described as having life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that they didn’t recognize the shooter.

Audrey Cook was in a tent with her boyfriend, Zachary Adolph, and their dog when the shooting started.

Adolph jumped to shield Cook and their pet but suffered a wound to his thigh bone, she said.

He was one of the victims expected to recover.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Metro’s homicide unit at 702-828-3521. Anonymous tips can be reported to Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or crimestoppersofnv.com.

Contact Ricardo Torres-Cortez at rtorres@reviewjournal.com. Follow @rickytwrites on Twitter.

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