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Town hall gets heated; community demands crime-fighting solution from NLV police

Families in North Las Vegas squared off with the city's police department Wednesday night, demanding answers after a recent rise in violence.

The department originally planned a quarterly community meeting to discuss traffic issues, but the event quickly took a heated turn.

People filed into The Alexander Library to demand that there is a set, crime-fighting solution from law enforcement leaders.

As 8 News Now has reported, North Las Vegas has seen three shootings involving children during the month of November.

"We need some answers," community member Erik Huey said. "We need some solutions."

"All this killing that's going on; it's just driving everybody crazy," said Henry Thorns about his city of 35 years.

A generic, online post stated officers would speak on "crime statistics and trends" at Thursday's meeting, so this led many to believe the area's rash of recent shootings would come up as a topic of discussion.

"This is our home; this is our community," Huey said. "I'm concerned about the welfare of my children but the welfare of others that go to school in the city."

When law enforcement leaders informed them this wouldn't happen, many stood up to speak about their concerns and ask for a set date to discuss the uptick in violence.

North Las Vegas Police Officer Eric Leavitt said he feels everyone's frustration and wants community involvement to continue.

"I think it's good that this many people were out here," Officer Leavitt said. "You saw a lot of people that weren't happy. I wouldn't be if this were my neighborhood either."

However, those living in North Las Vegas want current, concrete solutions to break the pattern of panic and fear.

"City help me. County help me," Thorns said. "What's the deal, help me. Help me help you guys."

"Let's stop the violence," Huey added. "Put down the guns and take back the city."

Officer Leavitt said the department's new chief is coming up with a plan to be made public next week. He also said of the recent shootings, four of the five suspects are in police custody.