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One Dead in Double Shooting in East Las Vegas | Crime

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One Dead in Double Shooting in East Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas homicide detectives are investigating a double shooting that killed one man and injured another. It happened just after noon at the Village Karen Apartments near Karen and Mountain Vista.

The victims are two long-time maintenance men who live and work at the complex. Both were shot -- one is expected to survive, but the other died here at the scene.

"We heard some shots and when I walked over there, I saw our maintenance man, Papa, was shot in the hand trying to defend himself and his assistant was lying dead on the porch," said resident Brendon Dillman.

Metro says the shooting happened while they were en route to a call of a burglary in progress at the same apartment complex.

Homicide detectives say the men were simply doing their job -- preparing to fix a broken window -- when they apparently ran into the five would-be burglars outside one of the apartment units.

"They had a verbal altercation. The men left but six minutes later, one man returned with a pistol and shot both of the maintenance men. One fatally," said Metro Homicide Sgt. Russ Shoemaker.

No arrests have been made in the case yet. Police have released this description of the shooter. He's an African American male in his late teens or early 20's, about six feet to six feet three inches tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds.

The victim's name has not been released, but residents say he was a very friendly man and well liked with three young sons who were supposed to be spending the Memorial Day Weekend with their father.

He is survived by his girlfriend and her daughter, who lived with him at the complex.