Five people were shot at a “homeless camp” in Las Vegas on Friday, leaving at least one dead, authorities said.
Police responded to the shooting on the city’s east side shortly after 5:30 pm local time (0130 GMT Saturday), Lt. Jason Johansson said in a press conference reported by KSNV News 3 in Las Vegas.
At least one victim died in hospital, Johansson said, but local media later reported that two homeless people were killed and three others injured.
“I would like to say that I knew for a fact that it was an isolated (incident),” he said. “Right now, it’s treated as ‘I don’t know.'”
The shootings occurred less than a week after three homeless people were killed in separate but similar incidents in Los Angeles.
All three victims were killed while sleeping alone outside, and Los Angeles police said they were tracking the lone suspect.
When asked if the Las Vegas incident was related to the Los Angeles shootings, Johansson said, “This is very different… so I don’t want to say there’s a connection.”
“But if our investigation takes us in that direction, we intend to go there, but we’re not there right now,” he said.
Mass shootings occur with alarming frequency in the United States, there are more guns than people, and attempts to control the gun epidemic have always met fierce resistance.
More than 500 mass shootings have been recorded in the United States this year, according to the non-governmental organization Gun Violence Archive, with a mass shooting defined as one in which four or more people are injured or killed.
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