Police say shooting of two men drug related
The victim of a shooting was seen throwing a large bag of marijuana into a trash bin before driving to a hospital to seek medical attention around noon Friday, Las Vegas police said Saturday.
Police later found the marijuana and charged Ronald Richards, 19, with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell after he was treated and released from University Medical Center.
Police on Saturday said a 20-year-old passenger in Richards’ car was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his head and was not expected to live. His name was not released.
Police said both men were trying to elude a small white convertible on the Las Vegas Beltway whose driver fired shots at their small gray car near Flamingo Road. The victims then fled to Tropicana Avenue and Fort Apache Road, where witnesses said they saw Richards throwing the bag into the trash bin.
Police initially said road rage might have been a motive in the attack, but said Saturday the incident probably was drug related.
The men drove to St. Rose Siena Hospital in Henderson but later were transferred to UMC.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the homicide detail at 828-3521.
Woman, infant killed in crash near Red Rock
A 25-year-old woman and an infant girl died Saturday as the result of a single-car crash off state Route 159 in the Red Rock Canyon area about 5:30 p.m., according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
The Cadillac sedan was heading south when it is believed to have drifted off the right side of the road, about 2 miles north of state Route 160. The driver then overcorrected, sending the car into a ravine off the left side of the road, where it overturned, said trooper Kevin Honea.
Passers-by tried to rescue the occupants, but the infant was declared dead at the scene. The woman was pronounced dead at University Medical Center.
The infant was not believed to have been restrained in a child seat and the woman was not wearing a seat belt, Honea said. Their identities were not released.
Water conservation urged in Carson City
Carson City residents have been asked to voluntarily curtail outdoor water use because of a drop in the city’s water supply.
City officials made the request after the water supply decreased to about 44 percent of capacity.
The shortage is blamed on several factors, including hot temperatures, a lack of Sierra snowpack and a construction project that’s cutting flows from Marlette Lake.