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Police investigating shooting at northwest apartment complex

A 21-year-old man was shot in the face through a car windshield Monday night as he and another person were trying to leave a northwest apartment complex, Las Vegas police said.

The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. at the Portofino Villas Apartments, on the 6300 block of West Lake Mead Boulevard, just a few blocks east of the Best in the West shopping center, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. David Gordon said.

The man was driving the vehicle when four black males approached, and an oral exchange followed, he said.

One of the four people then pointed a gun at the driver and ordered him to get out of the car, and the man refused, Gordon said. When the man didn’t comply, a person fired one round through the windshield, hitting the driver in the face.

One of the men fired at least one more round at the vehicle as the driver and his friend continued to leave the complex. They drove to a small strip mall just west of the complex and contacted police.

Police responded, and the driver was taken to University Medical Center’s trauma unit. It was unclear exactly where the bullet struck the man’s face, but as of 11 p.m. he had been released from UMC. “It’s a miracle,” Gordon said, adding the man was fortunate to have only sustained nonlife-threatening injuries from the shooting.

None of the four men are in custody, and the investigation continues, Gordon said. Neither of the people in the car could identify the four men, Gordon said.

Contact Rachel Crosby at rcrosby@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Find her on Twitter: @rachelacrosby

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