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October 20, 2014

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Mother charged with shooting son, 11, wanted to take her family to a ‘better place,’ police say

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Shavon Aguilar, also known as Shavon Carrillo

The woman accused of critically injuring her 11-year-old son in a Memorial Day shooting confessed to the crime and told police she was building up the courage to kill herself and her three children to put them in a “better place,” according to a Metro Police arrest report released today.

Instead, after Shavon Jacklein Carrillo, also known as Shavon Jacklein Aguilar, 31, Las Vegas, shot the 11-year-old boy, she was confronted and had the .22-caliber rifle used in the shooting taken away, police said.

The report said Carrillo was going through a breakup with her husband of 12 years and the father of two of her children. Carrillo and her three children, the 11-year-old son, a 9-year-old daughter and 2-year-old daughter, had moved in with her sister at the house the sister shared with the father of her children in 5200 block of Pebble Beach Boulevard, near Vegas Drive and North Decatur Boulevard.

Carrillo told police after the shooting she had attempted suicide shortly after the breakup, about three months ago.

The police report, based on questioning of Carrillo after she waived her Miranda rights, details the following account:

Carrillo had called a friend, “Bobby,” to whom Carrillo owed money. Before Bobby arrived at the house, a fearful Carrillo retrieved a rifle she kept in her sister’s bedroom, loaded it and placed it in the bedroom Carrillo was sharing with her three children and a niece.

About 1:30 a.m. Monday, Carrillo met Bobby outside the house and paid him. After going back inside, Carrillo went to the bedroom and picked up the rifle. Afraid, Carrillo told police she was building up courage to kill herself and her children so they could all be in a “better place.”

The 11-year-old son, who Carrillo said had never been accepted by her family, was asleep in a sleeping bag under a window with his head on a pillow. Carrillo lowered the gun and told the boy, “I love you.” Headlights shone through the window, a car door shut, and Carrillo pulled the trigger.

Carrillo chambered another round of ammunition, but the father of her sister's children, who had heard the shot, came into the room. The two struggled, but the man was able to get the rifle away from Carrillo.

The 11-year-old boy was rushed to University Medical Center and was placed in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit. Tuesday afternoon, police said the boy remained in critical condition but was not expected to survive. There was no update today on his condition.

Carrillo is charged in Las Vegas Township Justice Court with one count of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and three counts of child abuse or neglect. She remains in the Clark County Detention Center without bond. She is scheduled to appear in court at 8 a.m. Thursday.

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