( Las Vegas, NV ) – Metro police say the victim in Tuesday evening’s shooting at the Fashion Mall on the Las Vegas Strip won’t even tell them his name.
Sgt. John Sheahan says the victim is being uncooperative as he recuperates at Sunrise hospital where, at last report, he was in critical condition.
While investigators believe the shooting erupted after a fight at the mall and that many of those involved may have gang affiliations, they don’t think the shooting itself was gang-related.
According to Sheahan, “This was an isolated, violent incident that was spontaneous and ended quickly.” He says investigators are reviewing surveillance video and urged anyone with pictures or cell phone video they think might be helpful to come forward.
The victim reportedly was shot in the neck and somehow got to Mountain View Hospital on the valley’s northwest side. He was then taken by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital.
Police continue their search for the suspect who fired the shot that sent hundreds of shoppers running for cover.
Mall operators released a statement saying, “The safety and security of our customers, retailers and employees is always our top priority at Fashion Show. We have a highly trained and skilled security team who is vigilant in their efforts to ensure a comfortable, safe shopping experience. We are grateful for Metro’s speedy response and appreciate the support of all our patrons and retailers.”
The mall was open for business as usual Wednesday.