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October 23, 2014

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Police: 40 witnesses in teen’s shooting, none talking

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Brian Nordli

The first-floor apartment at the Sage Point complex is shown Jan. 14, 2013. Haji Mohamud, 14, was shot and killed at a party outside unit No. 21 over the weekend.

At least 40 people witnessed the shooting that killed 14-year-old Haji Mohamud after a party Saturday morning, but not one has stepped forward with information, Metro Police said.

During a press conference Wednesday, Metro Police Lt. Ray Steiber pleaded for a parent, a party-goer, anybody with information about the shooting at the Sage Point apartment complex to contact police.

“There are people out there — who were there — that know exactly what happened...and who killed a 14-year-old boy,” Steiber said. “There’s parents out there who may have overheard their children talking about what occurred that night...We’re asking for anybody with information to come forward and help your community.”

After interviewing witnesses, all police were able to find out was that Mohamud and about 100 other people were attending a birthday party they had been invited to via social media. Some of the attendees were known to be gang members, Steiber said.

At about 1:30 a.m., the party became rowdy and the host asked everyone to leave, Steiber said. When the guests stepped outside, they were met with a spray of bullets.

Twenty shots were fired; one struck Mohamud in the head, and a second injured an 18-year-old man, police said.

Steiber said investigation revealed there were possibly three shooters, but police have no information about who the shooters might be.

“I think there is information being withheld,” Steiber said. “It’s hard for me to believe that over 40 people were there — and at one point over 100 — but nobody saw anything.”

Police urge anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or online at crimestoppersofnv.com.

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  1. These fools are protecting scumbags. I hope they realize that the scumbags they're protecting don't care about them and that they rat them out.

  2. Why would the attendees or parents come forward? They were all breaking the law to start with.

  3. <<Eliminate all section 8 housing immediately. Bulldoze all those low rent daily motels and projects as well under some sort of eminent domain and build something useful in its place. Perhaps some sort of job skills training institutions where those who aren't jobbing the system can actually develop into a more productive citizen. And as an aside, great parenting by those who let their child into some crack den at 2am>>

    @anchorbine:
    You don't think this hasn't been tried in other cities with higher crime rates than Vegas? Not to mention - why punish others who happen to live in Section 8 housing and who do not live a life of crime? Scum doesn't necessarily live in Section 8 housing nor in low rent motels. Nor do they want to better themselves by getting job training. Don't be so naieve.

  4. <<People who live in these neighborhoods have no where to run once they testify. They can't move or they would live somewhere else. They are scared. And for all the non thinking people who just blame it on a minority situation stop and think for a change>>

    So true. If anyone comes forward, they might as well kiss their lives goodbye because they'll be the next ones shot.

  5. <<Not to worry...once obama's gun regulations get passed incident's like this will never happen again>>

    Beyond stupid comment. Besides - isn't that the point of "gun regulation" - keeping the guns from the criminals, or at least, harder to get??

  6. Invited to a party on social media--now that shows random stupidity when you attend such an event. Agree with Munchie on this one--eliminate Section 8 housing. People live their ENTIRE LIVES in taxpayer-funded housing. Any idea on what that does to a child--"growing up" in such an environment where Mom and neighbors think it's a good think and "reasonable" to expect the government to take care of him? And think of what this could do for the construction industry, the small contractors who aren't bidding on big government construction contracts but want to get back out there and BUILD small square footage housing.