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April 24, 2019

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Police: Family friend fired shots at scene of triple killing

Jose Easley Jr.

Jose Easley Jr.

After a man pointed a gun to the head of one of their family members, a mother and her two adult children confronted him outside a North Las Vegas convenience store, where they were shot to death, according to North Las Vegas Police.

A friend of the victims exchanged gunfire with the man, Jose Easley Jr., 41, during the episode, which was reported about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, police said.

A total of 17 rounds were fired, though the friend hadn’t been detained or questioned as of this afternoon, police said.

Easley, 41, was arrested Thursday. He faces three counts of murder and one count each of attempted murder, battery, assault, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, police said.

Susan Nash, 52, her son Deonte’ Nash, 31, and her daughter Dejona’e Nash, 20, died Sunday night in the parking lot of a minimart at Lake Mead Boulevard and Simmons Street.

A fourth person accompanying them was shot in the arm but managed to flee, police said. He was hospitalized and expected to recover, police said.

According to the arrest report, the victims confronted Easley outside the store after a family member said he pointed a gun at them. During the encounter, Easley pulled a black and silver handgun and started shooting, police said.

No more information was available about he family friend police say exchanged shots with Easley. He had not been publicly identified as of this afternoon.