Police say man shot in head during drug deal in east Las Vegas

Updated March 14, 2018 - 8:58 am

A man was critically wounded Tuesday night when he was shot in the head outside a northeast valley apartment complex.

Police responded just after 11 p.m. to reports of a shooting on the 4800 block of Nellis Oasis Lane, near Cheyenne Avenue and Nellis Boulevard, according to Metropolitan Police Lt. David Gordon.

The shooting appeared to stem from a “drug transaction gone bad,” Gordon said. At least two men were inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the Liberty Village Apartments, 4870 Nellis Oasis Lane, when one man got out of the car and fled across Lamont Street.

As he ran across the street, someone opened fire, striking the fleeing man once in the head. He was hospitalized with critical injuries, but Gordon said the man was in stable condition about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The shooter fled in a red four-door sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger, and was last seen heading south on Lamont. Gordon said police searched the area but have not yet found a suspect.

Lamont Street was blocked off between East Colton Avenue and Gowan Road. Gordon said at 1 a.m. the road would remain closed for the next two to three hours.

Contact Max Michor at 702-383-0365 or mmichor@reviewjournal.com. Follow @MaxMichor on Twitter.

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