Two men were shot to death on a quiet suburban street in North Las Vegas late Friday night.
Police said they were called to the 3900 block of Yellow Mandarin Avenue, near Lamb Boulevard and Interstate 15, over a report of shots fired in the area.
When they arrived just before midnight, they found a 44-year-old North Las Vegas man dead from gunshot wounds at the scene. A 34-year-old Las Vegas man suffering from gunshot wounds was taken to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Neighbors said the shooting happened on a street with three-year-old homes, many of which were empty or for sale.
Vedajenne Siner, 31, was home with her children when she heard four gunshots, followed by five more.
“I thought they were firecrackers,” she said.
After police arrived she stepped outside and saw the decommissioned police car that residents at the home owned. The driver’s door was open and a man’s feet were sticking out, as if he was looking for something under the seat, she said.
“I was on the phone with my husband and I told him the feet weren’t moving,” Siner said. “Then I realized something bad had happened.”
Neighbors arriving home after the shooting were met with a barrage of flashing police lights and police tape.
Jesse Argueta, 27, had only been living in the neighborhood for two months and hadn’t seen anything like the scene when he came home about 2 a.m.
“The neighborhood is basically pretty quiet,” he said.
But Siner and her husband had suspected something bad might happen on their street. Several homes in the neighborhood had seen a cycle of unsavory characters move in and out of them, she said.
“We kind of knew something was going to happen,” she said.
Police did not release the names of the people who were killed. They also did not release any information on any suspects.
Anybody with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 385-5555.
Contact reporter Lawrence Mower at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0440.