North Las Vegas’ first homicide of the year was drug-related, according to an arrest report.
On New Year’s Day, 44-year-old Patrick Fleming was shot and killed in his home, while five children and two adults were there, by his “customer,” Shawn Lynn Glover, the report said.
North Las Vegas police were called to the residence in the 4000 block of Smokey Fog Avenue about noon on the holiday. There they found Fleming face-up, just inside the door, suffering from at least one gunshot wound.
He was “obviously deceased,” a responding officer wrote.
Fleming’s wife, Miranda Sutton, and daughter, Akira Veasley, told police, “Fleming was a drug dealer,” and Glover, nicknamed “Hatch,” was his customer.
An altercation between the two men led to the fatal shooting, the report said.
Before the incident occurred, Fleming led all of the children, ranging in age from 5 months to 9 years old, to a bedroom and closed the door.
Glover was booked at the Las Vegas City jail and charged with one count each of murder, assault with a deadly weapon, an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and discharging a weapon in an occupied structure, after Sutton identified him as the shooter.
One other homicide has occurred in North Las Vegas this year, when a man was shot to death Jan. 28 at an apartment complex behind the Lucky Club, in the 3300 block of Civic Center Drive, near Interstate 15.
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