Published Thursday, June 25, 2009 | 8:55 a.m.
Updated Thursday, June 25, 2009 | 12:58 p.m.
North Las Vegas Police are searching for suspects in two separate shooting deaths that occurred on the same day.
In less than two hours, an 8-year-old girl died inside a second-story apartment and a 19-year-old man was shot to death outside another apartment complex. Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell, a spokesman for the North Las Vegas Police Department, discussed both cases during a news conference Tuesday.
At first, police thought the two homicides might be related because they both happened the night of June 12, Bedwell said. Further investigation proved that each one had separate suspects, he said.
One of two men sought in the death of 8-year-old Savanah Bullins has been captured, Bedwell said.
The girl was shot and killed about 10:46 p.m. June 12 inside her father's second-floor apartment at 2112 Sun Ave., near Cheyenne Avenue. She was shot by men who fired through the wall into the apartment from the ground outside, where children were playing in the apartment.
Investigators believe the girl's father, Wilbert Bullins, 27, was the intended target of the gunfire.
North Las Vegas detectives arrested 27-year-old Marcus Dewayne Larry on a warrant for the child's murder, issued Wednesday by the district attorney's
office. Larry was arrested by NLV Police Problem Solving Unit officers about 4 p.m. Wednesday near Carey Avenue and Pecos Road.
The other man police are seeking is 20-year-old Kenneth Reid of North Las Vegas. He's 6-foot-1-inch tall and weighs 186 pounds and has two tattoos on his neck, police said.
Both men had previous felony convictions for violent crimes, Bedwell said. Both are from North Las Vegas, he said.
In the case of the death of Brandon Manor, 19, police arrived at Building 24 of the Cheyenne Villas Apartments, 3260 Fountain Falls Way, about 9:15 p.m. June 12 to find a man on the ground.
Detectives received a warrant for the arrest of 28-year-old Jarrel Young of North Las Vegas on a charge of murder with a deadly weapon, Bedwell said.
Young is originally from Chicago and should be considered armed and dangerous, Bedwell said.
The two men who are still at large are "dangerous enough to kill someone," Bedwell said. "In both cases, they were heinous crimes."
In both these crimes, people came forward with information, which they often fear to give to police. "The community was so outraged, the idea of snitching takes a back seat," Bedwell said. "We get better information sometimes than we expect."
Bedwell repeated one message throughout the half-hour news conference: "When there is a homicide, we want people to come forward. We want people to come forward if they see a gang beating. It's not snitching. Bring the police in to partner with the community."
Anybody with information about Reid or Young is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 633-9111. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. A cash reward up to $2,000 may be available.