Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 7:50 p.m.
Wearing a hooded sweatshirt in triple-digit temperatures, the suspect set out to perpetrate “thrill” killings in his Las Vegas neighborhood last week. In his right hand, he gripped a fabric-wrapped handgun, and in the other, he had a cellphone to record the shootings, according to Metro Police.
In separate incidents — he allegedly shot a sleeping homeless man and days later targeted a victim who was walking his dog — Noah Green did not say anything before pulling the trigger, according to his arrest report.
The homeless man, Brent Michael Lloyd, 48, died on a sidewalk near Decatur Boulevard and Pennwood Avenue July 13, his body spotted by an early-morning jogger, who reported it three hours after the shooting.
After the second victim was shot in the chest late Wednesday, about 400 yards from the homeless killing, he was able to make his way home where he called 911, telling a dispatcher that the gunman had approached him and opened fire without saying a word, police said.
He described the shooter as a “black male with clothes wrapped around his body,” police said.
Cellphone video shows the victim raising his walking cane in front of him before the gunshot went off.
The victim was intubated at University Medical Center and couldn’t further cooperate with investigators, police said.
Once they had a name and an address, undercover investigators followed Green’s movements, arresting him after a short foot pursuit. He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center on one count each of murder and attempted murder.
The 21-year-old denied shooting anyone, telling detectives he was home when they took place — in an apartment yards from the crime scenes.
Trying to find a killer
At 2:18 a.m. July 13, ShotSpotter — gunshot detection technology used by Metro — picked up a blast in the area where Lloyd was killed. Staff monitoring the sound didn’t believe it to be a gunshot, so they didn’t report it to police, according to the arrest report.
A man out for a jog at 4:15 a.m. saw Lloyd on the ground and believed he was sleeping. On his way back, he took a closer look and spotted the gunshot wound, calling police at 5:25 a.m.
Detectives that day found grainy video of the shooting and footage of a figure toying with a cellphone after the killing. The suspect wore dark clothing and a mask covering half of his face, unveiling himself as a skinny black man when he took off the sweatshirt.
Identifying a suspect
Around the time of the second shooting, a Black man in a hooded sweatshirt appeared on surveillance in the area, said police, noting that a black object seen on his side was either a gun in his hand or a piece of cloth coming out of his pocket.
Police said he appeared to be heading toward an apartment complex in the area.
Moments later, the wounded victim took the same route toward his house to call for help.
Detectives the next day went to canvas the apartment complex, where a staffer recognized surveillance video he was shown. He said that the suspect looked like a man who’d previously flashed a gun at him when he asked him to stop leaning on his car.
Management at the complex provided a name and location: Noah Green, resident of apartment No. 218.
On Thursday, undercover officers began keeping track of Green. He was seen with a hooded sweatshirt, going in and out of his apartment, and loitering around the complex, looking over his shoulders and at one point peering over a wall into a convenience store, police said. He appeared to “talk to himself.”
When they spotted him jaywalking and jumping over a wall two days later, the officers moved in to talk to him, but he took off running when he saw them, according to the report.
Police found a 9 mm gun in a paper bag and a cellphone on him. He told detectives that he’d just picked up the weapon from his girlfriend’s house where he’d left it a week before.
He was booked on counts of carrying a concealed weapon and jaywalking.
Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said Monday that detectives were waiting for Green to break the law to talk to him. At that point they didn’t have probable cause to arrest him for the shootings.
His mother, who lived with Green in the apartment, told detectives that she wasn’t home the days of the shootings. She said her son owned a gun and described him as a “loner” with no friends in the neighborhood.
The next day, when investigators went through Green’s phone, the videos, filmed from the shooter’s perspective, appeared.
He was then booked on murder and attempted murder counts.