A group of suspected gang members armed with pipes and bats attacked three Hispanic men in the parking lot of an apartment complex Wednesday night, killing one and wounding another, Las Vegas police said.
As of Thursday night, police hadn’t announced any arrests in the attack, which police said might have been gang-related. The attackers were all young black men in their late teens or early 20s, police said.
The fight started about 7:15 p.m. when three Hispanic men were drinking beer in front of an apartment at the Playa Vista Apartments on Bonanza Road near Pecos Road.
Witnesses said several young men approached the other group and an argument broke out, but it remained unclear Thursday night what the fight was about.
“They were talking shit,” said 16-year-old Jessica Napoles, who lives at Playa Vista and saw the fight.
Other witnesses said the fight started when the black men stole beer from the Hispanic men.
The black youths left but returned with 10 to 20 reinforcements armed with bats, pipes and sticks, witnesses said.
That larger group then beat the three Hispanic men, shouting racial slurs at the Hispanic men before and during the beating, police said.
The attackers scattered after the beating. Some of them ran into apartments at Playa Vista while others ran to another nearby apartment complex, witnesses said.
Two of the victims were taken to local hospitals, and one was pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Family members said the dead man was Leobardo Ramirez, who was in his late 40s.
His 20-year-old son was the other man taken to a hospital. He received stitches in his head and face from the beating and was released Wednesday night, said his wife, who declined to be identified out of fear for her safety.
Relatives said Ramirez lived in North Las Vegas. Originally from Sinaloa, Mexico, he had lived in the United States for a “long time” and had worked as an electrician, his daughter-in-law said.
Playa Vista was quiet the day after the beating.
Few residents were willing to discuss the incident. Many said only that they hadn’t seen it.
Napoles said fights at the complex are common, especially at night. “It’s a big disaster (here),” she said.
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