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July 22, 2014

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Fight led to fatal shooting at east valley apartment complex, police say

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Elekaua Brown

Police say Elekaua Brown followed up a deadly shooting early this morning with a run to Jack in the Box, tossing the alleged murder weapon out the car window en route to the fast food joint.

The Metro Police report outlines the following details:

Officers responded at 12:28 a.m. to the Sonoma Hills apartments in the 5100 block of East Tropicana, where they found a father dragging his adult son, who was suffering from gunshot wounds.

The son, Christopher Lamar Randle Jr., was transported to Sunrise Hospital, where he died.

His father, Christopher Lamar Randle Sr., told officers he had noticed a group of people in the apartment complex parking lot while walking home from Circle K.

The father said that when he got home he noticed his son was missing. Shortly after, he heard gunshots and when he went to investigate he found his son wounded where the group had been.

A witness told homicide detectives the father, armed, had been arguing with a man named Seth Aulai, 28, when Brown walked up and shot the son, who was unarmed and standing next to his father.

A detective recognized the description of Brown as someone he’d spoken to in one of the apartments. The detective went back to Brown, who agreed to speak with detectives, noting he hadn’t been involved in the shooting.

Under questioning, however, Brown admitted involvement.

Brown told detectives he, Aulai and a third person believed they were going to fist-fight the Randles and a third man. Brown said that when he approached the Randles, the father pulled out a gun and aimed it at Aulai. At that point Brown drew his 9 mm pistol and fired three times until his gun jammed, he said. Brown said that while he was trying to clear his gun the father fired at him, but missed.

After the shooting, Brown, Aulai and a third man got into Aulai’s car and ditched the pistol on the way to Jack in the Box, Brown told police.

Aulai told detectives he had been fighting with the Randles when another man became involved. At that point the father drew his weapon and Aulai fled at the sound of gunshots, Aulai said.

Brown was booked in Clark County Detention on one count of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon.

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