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1 dead, 1 critically hurt after shooting in south Las Vegas

Updated November 13, 2018 - 5:17 pm

A single bullet, possibly fired accidentally, left one man dead and another with life-threatening injuries Saturday night, Las Vegas police said.

Police were called about 9:30 p.m. to the Amalfi Apartments, at 2750 Wigwam Ave., near Las Vegas Boulevard and Blue Diamond Road.

Police believe that the two men were shot with the same bullet during a small birthday party in one of the units, Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said at a news conference early Sunday morning.

During the party, two to four people were in the apartment’s bedroom when the shot was fired, hitting one man and then the other in the head.

The first man hit, who was in his early 20s, died at the scene, Spencer said. The other man, in his mid-20s, was taken to University Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition early Sunday.

“We do not know at this point if the initial gunshot was accidental or if it was intentional,” Spencer said.

The Clark County coroner’s office will identify the man fatally shot after his family has been notified.

Only about eight people were in the apartment at the time, and all were cooperating with police, he said. Police found the gun, and “there is no suspect,” Spencer said.

“We know that one of the people at the party did see the deceased holding a firearm, and the next thing they know, they heard a gunshot and there were two people shot by gunfire” he said.

Spencer said there was alcohol at the party, but officers were unsure whether anyone was intoxicated. Everyone at the apartment appeared to be in their 20s, he said.

“This is a tragic situation where you have alcohol involved and you also have firearms,” Spencer said. “Those are two things that definitely do not mix.”

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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