Las Vegas police might have a serial killer on their hands after two homeless men were shot to death and two were seriously injured within a week.
KTNV reported that the gun used to fatally shoot James Lewis, 64, a homeless Vietnam veteran, execution-style under the U.S. 95 bridge on February 2 was linked to three other shootings. Metropolitan Police Department homicide Captain Robert Plummer said that the close-range shootings began just after midnight on January 29, when the suspect wounded a man at a Longdale parking lot, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The same day, Brian Wayne Clegg, 51, a homeless man, was shot dead near the Rancho Discount Mall near Charleston Boulevard and Rancho Drive. Hours later, another homeless man was shot in the face as he slept near Washington and Las Vegas Boulevard, according to the news station.
“I will say, after killing two people and shooting two others, if he isn’t [a serial killer], he’s on his way to being one,” Plummer said Tuesday, adding that all three homeless men were sleeping when they were shot.
“We must stop this man before he shoots and kills someone else. This man is armed and dangerous and he’s targeting our homeless.”
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Surveillance footage apparently caught the suspect’s getaway car, which police described as a 2016 or 2018 Hyundai Tucson Sports Limited SUV, according to KSNV. Right now, police believe the suspect is a 6-foot tall white or Hispanic man, the New York Post reported.
Lewis’ daughter, Oneida Lewis-Baker, told the news station that she searched for her father for 20 years before they moved from Colorado to Las Vegas. She said that she never expected her veteran father to end up on the streets–or be shot execution-style as he slept.
“I’m sad because he left me with two bags of stuff and that’s all I have of my father. I’ll have a grave to go out and talk to him but that’s it, he won’t get to talk back,” the slain man’s daughter said through tears.
“I pray that he’s caught because if he did this to my dad and possibly the other homeless guy then he’s going to keep targeting homeless people and it’s just not right.”
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about the four shootings or anyone with surveillance video of the suspect is urged to call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Division at 702-828-3521.
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