Being homeless comes with risks such as the hepatitis A outbreak currently claiming the lives of homeless in California, but for one man in Las Vegas, being without a home led to his untimely death by execution.
Las Vegas Metro police say that a homeless man was sleeping on the side of North 14th Street and U.S. 95 when a dark-colored sports utility vehicle drove up.
Surveillance footage captured a man get out of the vehicle and walk up to the sleeping homeless man and shoot him before running back to the vehicle and driving away.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"It was basically an execution," according to <a href="https://twitter.com/LVMPD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LVMPD</a></p>— Eric Hilt FOX5 (@ericmhilt) <a href="https://twitter.com/ericmhilt/status/959578150194708480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 3, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The senseless and shocking killing highlights the dangers of being homeless and letting your guard down to sleep in a public area. The identity of the victim has not yet been released but the Clark County Coroner's Office says they will do so once an autopsy is conducted.
The killing is possibly connected to two other shooting deaths of homeless men earlier this week. Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Dan McGrath said, "Everybody is alarmed from the sheriff all the way down."
Since all authorities have to go on is a fuzzy surveillance video, they are asking for the public's help to identify the killer. If you have any information that may relate to this case authorities ask that you call Metro's Homicide Section at 702-8285-3521.
If you prefer to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
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