Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 | 4:16 p.m.
- Errant gunshot kills onlooker watching fight in apartment parking lot (08-10-2012)
- Victim killed by errant gunshot ID’d (08-13-2012)
Area of shooting
The person accused of killing an innocent bystander with an errant gunshot early Friday is in custody.
Metro Police on Monday announced the arrest of Anton Louis, 21, Las Vegas, on one count of murder.
Derrion Banks, 28, died from gunshot wounds to the chest and right arm in the shooting, which occurred just after 2 a.m. Friday at an apartment complex in the 600 block of East Twain Avenue.
According to police, a fight broke out between two people at a party in one of the complex’s apartment units. As the fight spilled into the parking lot, a crowd gathered to watch, at which point someone fired a gun into the air. The shot struck Banks, who was standing on the second-story landing in front of his apartment unit.
In the shooting’s immediate aftermath, detectives were unable to learn from witnesses the identity of anyone shooting a gun. However, Friday afternoon, police received an anonymous tip that ultimately led them to Louis.
The tipster told police around 3 p.m. that two people, “Batman” and “T-mac,” were responsible for the shooting and were trying to leave the city for California, according to an arrest report. The tipster later called back to say that the suspects were in a maroon Cadillac and shopping for supplies at a Walmart near West Charleston and the South Decatur boulevards.
There, officers saw three men get into a maroon Cadillac and drive east on Charleston Boulevard, the report said. Patrol units stopped the car and found Louis with his father and brother. Detectives asked if they could search the car for handguns, and Louis’ father, the driver, agreed, as did the car’s two passengers, Louis and Terrell “T-mac” Johnson.
Detectives noticed Louis was wearing a “Batman” baseball hat, the report said.
Detectives found a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun buried wrapped in a sock in a shoe inside a suitcase in the trunk, the report added. As one of the detectives was about to place handcuffs on Louis, the suspect ran. Officers pursued Louis, and K9 officers later located him in a shed.
Louis’ father told detectives that both of his sons, Louis and Johnson, were involved in the incident.
According to the arrest report, Johnson told police he and his brother Louis were at the apartment complex that morning and Louis had fired several shots to try to stop people from fighting. They later found out on the news that someone had been shot. Johnson added that the gun found in the car was the one Louis had used.
Louis, according to the arrest report, initially firing the gun and denied being with his brother at the apartment complex, saying he was on the Strip until 4 a.m. He later changed his story and said he was across the street from Twain Avenue when he had fired the gun.
Louis later changed his story again said his brother had told him someone had pointed a gun at him, the report added. Louis said he had gone to the scene with his brother and another man named “Hood.” They fired the gun into the air in order to intimidate people into leaving him and his brother alone, Louis said. Louis did not give any descriptions of “Hood.”
Soon afterward, Louis changed his story again and said he did not shoot and challenged detectives to produce an eyewitness to the shooting.
Louis is in the Clark County Detention Center without bail and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.