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Man shot by police went on rampage

North Las Vegas Police say the suspect police shot and killed at the Silver Nugget Casino last week tried to pick multiple fights at the casino before he beat his 64-year-old co-worker to death.

As 8 News NOW first reported last week, police said the suspect, 30-year-old Jeremias Cruz, singled out 64-year-old Edgardo Velasquez. Both men worked at the Silver Nugget.

North Las Vegas Police Officer Ann Cavaricci says this is a unique situation, and the investigation continues.

Officers tried using a Taser on Cruz, but police say he continued to charge at officers. A North Las Vegas Police officer, identified as 22-year-old Rodrigo Delara, shot Cruz. Cruz died at University Medical Center.

Before police arrived at the casino, police say Cruz attacked Velasquez. A Silver Nugget security guard jumped in to help Velasquez, but was also attacked by Cruz... Read More

Non-profit group to launch charter schools around Nevada

More and more educational options are in the works for families with low-incomes. Take Opportunity 180 for example. It's a new non-profit organization that wants to launch several new charter schools in the state.

The initiative is funded by both the state and private donations.
According to Opportunity 180's study, the areas with the highest concentration of low-performing schools are in North Las Vegas and east Las Vegas.

If all goes as planned, the first public charter school under Opportunity 180 will open in east Las Vegas next fall.

"In some ways, it's equal parts of excitement for what we will do but also that professional paranoia," said Ignacio Prado, the executive director of Futuro Academy.

Opening the new charter school in east Las Vegas is a new venture for Prado. It's part of a county-wide effort to give access to families with children attending low-performing schools... Read More

Customers shocked by deadly violence at Silver Nugget Casino

Employees and customers are reeling from the violence that occurred at the Silver Nugget Casino this week. According to North Las Vegas Police, one employee killed another employee Thursday morning.

When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect, Jeremias Cruz, charged at police, so they shot and killed him.

The casino was closed all day yesterday after the incident, but it has since reopened.

8 News NOW spoke with some of the casino customers. It turns out, most of them knew the suspect, who was also a security guard.

They said they can't explain Cruz's alleged violent outbreak.

"They don't too much tolerate drama, so that's what just threw me off," said Tahlei Woods, casino customer.

Woods is in disbelief after the murder and police shooting that left two employees dead. She says she left the gambling hall moments before the deadly confrontation between co-workers took place.

Woods said she didn't notice anything unusual... Read More

Family identifies man shot, killed in road rage at Craig and 5th

One person is dead following what police are calling a road rage shooting, and there still isn't a description of the suspect.

It happened early Friday morning in North Las Vegas near Craig Road and N. 5th Street. The family of the victim says the man was trying to protect his 3-year-old daughter when he was shot and killed. The child's mother was driving. Neither one of them were hurt.

The victim's family have identified him as Joseph Jackson. According to family members, Jackson was on his way to work when the shooting happened.

They said the car with the suspect swerved near them, so they honked to avoid a crash, and that's when the driver in the other car got heated and started to yell at them.

North Las Vegas Police said the suspect fired his gun towards the victim's car just after approaching N. 5th Street. That's when Jackson was hit.

His family is now looking for justice... Read More

Police investigate deadly road rage incident

North Las Vegas Police are investigating what they are calling a deadly case of road rage.

It happened at 3:30 a.m. near Craig Road and N. Fifth Street. Craig reopened to traffic around 8:15 a.m.

Police responded to a call of a shooting and found a victim dead inside a car. There was also at least one small uninjured child in the late model gold-colored car. Police say the dead person was a passenger in the car. Others in the car are cooperating with police.

Witnesses told police the shooting was related to a road-rage incident.

The suspect was last seen in a dark-colored Mitsubishi Eclipse. No arrests have been made.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.... Read More

Homicide suspect killed by NLV police was security guard

Workplace violence erupted at a North Las Vegas casino Thursday morning leaving two employees dead.

According to police, one of the men was killed during a fight and the other, a security guard, was shot and killed by North Las Vegas police who responded to the brawl at the Silver Nugget casino.

Investigators were still on the scene of the shooting at Las Vegas Boulevard and Civic Center Drive more than 10 hours after it happened.

While both men have been identified as employees of the Silver Nugget casino, their identities have not been officially released.

A patron told 8 News NOW, the man killed by police was casino security guard Jeremias Cruz who has four children and a fifth on the way. His family has set up a GoFundMe account... Read More

North Las Vegas Police investigate officer-involved shooting

North Las Vegas Police are investigating an early morning police shooting that sent one person to the hospital in critical condition.

The incident happened at the Silver Nugget Casino and no officers were injured, according to North Las Vegas Police on Twitter.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.... Read More