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Man shot during North Las Vegas home invasion

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A 37-year-old North Las Vegas man was shot Monday night and held at gunpoint while a group of young people ransacked his home, police said.

North Las Vegas Police officers responded to the 2200 block of Meadow Green Avenue about 11:20 p.m. and found the man with a single gunshot wound to the arm, authorities said. He was transported to University Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.

Police said the victim was asleep in his home when he heard the back door open. As he got out of bed, he was confronted by multiple people. One person shot the victim and then held him at gunpoint for the remainder of the incident, police said.

The intruders searched his home for money and jewelry, then exited through the back door, over a brick wall and onto Lone Mountain Road. They were believed to be on foot before and after the robbery, police said. The man ran to his neighbor’s house to call the police.

Police say the suspects are three to four black male teenagers or young adults. The shooter was about 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, with no facial hair, a medium sized Afro and wearing baggy clothes.

Police said the victim did not know the intruders, and it appears they chose a random home with the intent of robbery.

Detectives believe someone may have seen the group just prior to or directly following the home invasion in the area of Lone Mountain Road and Clayton Street, between 10 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 633-9111. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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  1. Two good-sized dogs and a shotgun, that's home defense.

  2. Hmmmm...

  3. "Two good-sized dogs and a shotgun, that's home defense."

    boftx -- or just one noisy dog with a shotgun backup.

    "Great he shot one..."

    shihan -- pay attention, the homeowner was the only one shot.

    "Because there is no comparison whatsoever between an armed and a disarmed man; it is not reasonable to suppose that one who is armed will obey willingly one who is unarmed; or that any unarmed man will remain safe among armed servants." -- Niccolo Machiavelli 1513 "The Prince" Chapter IV

  4. I have several firearms in my house and my wife is experienced at shooting all of them also.

    Stories like this one are exactly why.

  5. In California the general rule is be sure the body is inside the house. In Texas it's be sure the body is inside the fence line. Nevada leans more towards Texas in this regard I think.

    My attitude is simple. If you come onto my property intending to cause harm you will receive it in kind. The smartest thing you can do is turn your back on me and walk away. You are fair game as long as you face me or my family, including the dogs.

  6. KillerB,

    I actually have three dogs, and they have a remarkable ability to function as a team.

    For example, at night, the oldest one sleeps in the hallway leading to the bedrooms used by the kids. The youngest one usually sleeps in the family room close to the back door, and the third sleeps in our room.

    One dog may be enough, but with two or three you have more time to reach for the shotgun and have someone else make the call.

    And yes, they are noisy as hell and I make sure every teenager who comes around at Halloween knows we have them.

  7. BOFTX: In historical terms you will find that North Las Vegas is more like "NOT York" (spelling intended) they tend to protect the perp over the victim. So the idea is to make sure the perp is well inside to show the threat.

  8. We used to live just north of Ann Rd and Simmons and that neighborhood to the south of us, ie this neighborhood, started to change back in 2006-07. It was starting to get real ghetto. I'm not surprised this happened here. I'm actually surprised more shootings have not taken place. Would love to know the crime stats for the area now; it was turning 5 years ago. I can imagine what it's like now.