Police: People more likely to move arguments to violence

LAS VEGAS -- Fights are getting ramped up, according to Metro Police. Police say they are noticing people getting more brazen, willing to open fire in public places and putting other people at risk.

Police made the comments during a news conference Wednesday about the shooting at the Fashion Show Mall. That shooting started with words exchanged between two groups of young men at the food court.

Things quickly ramped up and ended in gunfire. Police say it is just one example of what they are noticing lately.

"This on the Strip was a shocker to me. Right at Fashion Mall? We were like, ‘wow,'" tourist Maurice Sims said.

Metro Police are noticing more people are getting more brazen.

"They go from zero to high-order violence and start shooting," Metro Police Sgt. John Sheahan said.

At the Fashion Show Mall food court Tuesday night, one man was shot in the neck after police say his group exchanged words with another group and that escalated to a fight.

"We've got young men armed, dangerous, and one says something to another," Sgt. Sheahan said.

No bystanders were hurt at the mall, but that wasn't the case last summer on busy Fremont Street.

During a fight that was caught on camera, a man pulled out a gun and two bystanders were shot.

Earlier this month, police say two groups exchanged words in an apartment complex in the northwest valley, which ended with one of them shot dead.

It is not just gunfire. On Fourth of July weekend, road rage ended with one driver stabbed to death in the northwest valley.

Murders are up this year. Through July 12 of this year, Metro Police report 67 compared with 59 at the same time last year.

"We do seem to see more people willing to escalate violence against other people in the community," Sgt. Sheahan said.

Sheahan says police are doubling up on patrols, but otherwise, it is business as usual.

As for the public, Tuesday night's mall shooting is another reminder the threat is real.

As for the shooting at the mall, police are asking anyone with information to come forward. They say the smallest detail could make a huge difference.


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