An estranged husband armed with a chain saw and an assault rifle opened fire into a central valley apartment this morning, killing a man and an 18-week-old fetus, Las Vegas police said.
Homicide investigators accused William J. Keck, 25, of using a chain saw to cut a hole in an apartment door, then firing through the hole and killing his estranged wife’s boyfriend, wounding her and killing her unborn child.
They said Keck went to the woman’s apartment at the Fountains at Villa Cordova, 2800 S. Eastern Ave., near Sahara Avenue, about 1:10 a.m.
A male victim, who a co-worker identified as Jonathan Lestelle but who had not been officially identified by the Clark County coroner’s office this afternoon, was later found dead in a back room from multiple gunshot wounds.
The woman, who was pregnant, was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center where she was in stable condition this afternoon. The fetus did not survive, police said.
Patrick Vondoom said he worked with both shooting victims at a tattoo parlor.
He said Lestelle went by the nickname "Caine." He identified the woman as Aingel Keck.
He said Aingel and William Keck were in the process of getting divorced. He also said the baby was Lestelle’s.
Vondoom said Aingel had been receiving harassing phone calls at work.
"When I heard what happened, he was the first person to come to mind that would do such a thing," Vondoom said.
Police arrested Keck at a separate southeast Las Vegas residence about an hour and a half after the shooting.
Keck was being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bond on murder with use of a deadly weapon and attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon charges.
He will not be charged with the additional homicide of the fetus because it had not reached 25 weeks gestation, as per Nevada statute, Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts said.
"Technically, it’s not considered to be viable — it was seven weeks shy of that," he said.
Roberts wasn’t sure who the fetuses’ father was and wouldn’t speak to motives other than saying the shooting was "domestic related."
"He wasn’t happy about the current situation," Roberts said of Keck. "Either way, it’s pretty bad."
A layer of sawdust surrounded the freshly replaced door of the second-floor apartment this afternoon. A Halloween decoration reading "A very spooky place" was perched on a piece of patio furniture on the open balcony.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said he heard the chain saw and gunshot from across the hall. The neighbor said he saw Keck, who was dressed all in black, through his bedroom window calmly walk to a red Honda Civic and drive away.
He said the door was sawed around the doorknob and he could see bullet holes in the walls, couch and ceiling.
A dog in the apartment also was killed during the shooting.
Today’s incident wasn’t Keck’s first brush with the law. Las Vegas police arrested Keck in late 2007 on driving under the influence charges, but reduced the charges to two counts of reckless driving and one count of bribing a police officer. Two other offenses from 2004 were dismissed.
Roberts said the homicide was unlike killings he has seen before.
"What kind of person would do this?" he asked.
Vondoom described his friend Caine as a hard worker who recently finished an apprenticeship. He said Caine had a way of putting nervous customers at ease.
He said Caine had been working as an official tattoo artist since July.
"He had a great way with people," Vondoom said. "It’s very sad that this world will not be able to see him in full bloom."
Vondoom said the shop’s handful of employees were stunned by the shooting.
He said Aingel was shot eight times, but it appeared that she was going to pull through.
"We will do everything in our power to help Aingel get better and move on from this tragedy," Vondoom said.
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