Las Vegas police were called out to respond to a shooting incident at about 4:50 A.M. on June 18th around West Tropicana Avenue. According to police, the shooting incident occurred in a parking lot. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered two male victims who were both suffering from gunshot wounds.
Both men were rushed to the University Medical Center. One of the males was immediately pronounced deceased, but it remains unclear what condition the second male is in.
Based on initial investigations, police believe that the two men met in the parking lot and were having a conversation with a third party. Authorities believe the third party pulled out a firearm and discharged it before running away.
An investigation into the shooting is still ongoing. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact their office at 702-828-3521. Tipsters can also opt to remain completely anonymous by submitting their tip online to www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
When a Firearm is Used in a Fatal Crime
Discharging a firearm in public is a serious criminal offense, and the severity of the crime will only increase if injuries or fatalities result from the shooting. When a firearm is used in a fatal crime, it is possible for the accused to be charged with murder, the most serious criminal offense under Nevada law.
In Vegas, capital punishment is a legal penalty for murder. If you discharge a firearm and the injuries are fatal, then it’s possible to get charged with murder and face the death penalty.
To avoid this type of fate, it’s necessary to handle your criminal charges in the right way. In the past, the death penalty has been sought for individuals in Las Vegas who have participated in fatal shootings during robberies. It is possible to defend yourself against murder charges, though, especially if you committed the act of violence in self-defense or in the defense of someone else.
How to Handle Criminal Charges the Right Way
When you’ve committed a crime, it’s only natural to feel guilty and want to escape accountability, but avoiding the situation will only make your situation worse. The best way to handle criminal charges, or potential criminal charges, is to discuss your situation with a criminal defense attorney.
A good lawyer will listen to your side of the story and learn more about the circumstances. If you’ve already been arrested, then your lawyer will go over your charges with you as well as the legal defense strategies you could potentially use in your situation to defend yourself. Your lawyer will explain your rights in detail to you to ensure they’re upheld. What’s more, they’ll represent you if you decide to hire them to defend you.
If you’re in Las Vegas or a nearby area, then we invite you to schedule a meeting with our office today to learn more about how we can help you navigate your criminal charges the right way.