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December 21, 2014

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Police ID suspect in shooting of motorist who crashed at 215 Beltway and Eastern

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Steve Marcus

A vehicle is shown after a shooting victim was involved in an accident at the 1-215 eastbound off-ramp at Eastern Avenue Thursday, March 13, 2014. The driver, who had been shot multiple times, may have been shot at another location, police said.

Updated Friday, March 14, 2014 | 4 p.m.

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Joseph Lucero from a 2012 arrest

Fatal Shooting Victim In Accident

Metro Police investigators look over a vehicle after a shooting victim was involved in an accident at the 1-215 eastbound off-ramp at Eastern Avenue Thursday, March 13, 2014. The driver, who had been shot multiple times, may have been shot at another location, police said. Launch slideshow »

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Metro Police have identified a suspect in the shooting of a man who died after causing a pileup Thursday on a 215 Beltway off-ramp while driving with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police are looking for Joseph Lucero, 27, in connection with the shooting, which officers believe started at an apartment complex just south of McCarran International Airport, Metro Police said in a news release today.

The victim arrived at Lucero’s residence, where an argument ensued, according to Metro detectives.

The victim was shot near the residence and left the apartment complex in his Jeep before getting in the traffic accident, according to the Metro Police release.

Police were alerted at 7:21 p.m. Thursday to a possible shooting at an apartment complex in the 7200 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard, but officers did not locate any victims or suspects at the scene, officials said.

Ten minutes later, the Nevada Highway Patrol responded to an accident on a 215 Beltway off-ramp at Eastern Avenue involving a black Jeep that had crashed into three other cars, police said.

No one else involved in the wreck was seriously injured.

The driver of the Jeep was suffering form multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead after arriving at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, police said.

The identity of the victim as well as the cause and manner of death will be released later by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Metro Police officers, meanwhile, returned to the apartment complex and, upon a second inspection, found a possible crime scene where they believe the shooting took place, officials said.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Lucero or the incident is urged to contact Metro’s Homicide Section at 828-3521 or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or on online at crimestoppersofnv.com.

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