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Tackling North Las Vegas' gang issues, recent shootings

Getting local youth out of gangs is on the mind of the North Las Vegas community.

Police have come out and said gangs are a big concern. But what are police doing to address the issue? And how are community organizations responding?

North Las Vegas Police say it's all about working together. The police tell 8 News Now they plan to have a town hall meeting soon, to explain what the community can do to address gang violence.

Youth leaders are hoping change comes soon.

"Hey, I have a friend that was unfortunately part of the violence going on here in North Las Vegas, a lot of my friends are not seeing the age of 16 or the age of 18, or let alone 21," said Brittani Gray, youth program manager, Nevada Partners.

"What can we do"? is a question Brittani Gray hears too often... Read More

Mother speaks about pain since losing teen son in North Las Vegas shooting

Another North Las Vegas family's in grief following the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy. 8 News Now spoke with Sydney Harris about the pain she can barely put into words after her son's life was cut far too short.

"He didn't even get to live his life," Harris said about the late LaMadre Harris. "He was 16."

She and her entire family held a vigil Wednesday night to honor LaMadre's life.

"I'm devastated. I'm heartbroken," Harris said. "I'm lost for words. I don't believe this is true."

LaMadre died at University Medical Center Tuesday after investigators said someone shot him multiple times in a parking lot near W. Centennial Parkway and W. Goldfield Street.

"I feel like losing my child was the worst thing that will ever happen to me, and I will never be the same," Harris proclaimed... Read More

Caught on camera: Paintballers target north valley homes

Residents in the northern part of the valley say they're fed up after drive-by paintballers targeted their homes.

"There's paint all over the driveway," recounted Lisa Holland, one of the affected residents. "I check the camera, and thank God that my camera picked it up."

Holland shared her home's surveillance video with 8 News Now. In the footage, a blue vehicle is seen driving down the street near 5th Street and Centennial Parkway. As the car approaches Holland's home, a sound similar to gunfire takes over the audio and continues as the car drives away.

It happened sometime Sunday night into Monday morning. Holland's husband found their car covered in paintball marks as he was leaving their home.

"It sucks that it happened at all," explained Holland. "But thank God it was a paintball gun because it could have been so much worse."

Holland alerted her neighbors through her Nextdoor mobile app. It turned out, her home wasn't the only one hit... Read More

NLV Police: 2 more arrested in 11-year-old's murder, 1 suspect at large

North Las Vegas Police have arrested two more suspects in the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl, one of them is 16-years-old. Another suspect remains at large.

Police held a news conference where they released information on the two most recent arrests. Damion Dill, 16, and Jarquan Tiffith, 20.

Another suspect, 17-year-old Erin Hines, was arrested last week. Another suspect, 19-year-old Guy Banks III, died at the hospital after the shooting.

Angelina Erives was killed Nov. 1 while sitting at a dining table in her home. Police say the shooting was a gang retaliation shooting but the the wrong house was targeted.

"The North Las Vegas Police department, our mayor and our entire city offer our sincere condolences to the family. We will continue to hunt down the third suspect. Our detectives will not rest until he is apprehended and justice is brought to the family," said Assistant Chief Pamela Ojeda, North Las Vegas Police... Read More

Gang suspects wanted in killing of 11-year-old in drive-by; police say wrong home targeted

Shooters intent on gang-related retaliation opened fire on the wrong house in suburban Las Vegas, killing an innocent 11-year-old girl.

The victim has been identified as Angie Erives. Angie was shot while she was in the kitchen of her home located near the intersection of E. Deer Springs Way and N. Lawrence Street.

Police say a 2017 silver Nissan Altima containing several suspects fired gunshots into a residence on 6700 Courtney Michelle Street around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night. Angie was taken to University Medical Center where she later died, police said.

In a news conference Friday, North Las Vegas Police released ore details about their investigation.

"At this time we believe it has a gang relation to it and that's all I can say as to why it was in that neighborhood," said Asst. Chief Pamela Ojeda, North Las Vegas Police." "We're seeing this as the unintended target so that's all I can say at this point," said... Read More

1 shot in neighborhood near 5th and Centennial in North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas Police are investigating a shooting in a neighborhood near N. 5th Street and E. Centennial Parkway.

Metro said one person was shot near E. Deer Springs Way and N. Lawrence Street.
The person was taken to University Medical Center with serious injuries and is said to be in critical condition.

This is a developing story. 8 News NOW has a crew on the way to the scene.... Read More

UPDATE: Suspicious package turns out to be cell phone

A suspicious package that was delivered to the National Nuclear Security Administration North Las Vegas facilities turned out to be nothing more than a cell phone, according to North Las Vegas Police.

The package was from a known Department of Energy vendor but the recipient was expecting a delivery and the package was vibrating so police were notified.

The incident did cause employees to be kept indoors for a period of time.

When the package was opened, officers found a cell phone that had been left turned on, police said.

The scene is being cleared since the package does not present any danger... Read More