A gunman shoots out glass inside a Las Vegas building before being shot himself
A gunman shoots out glass inside a Las Vegas building before being shot himself / Screenshot

Armed ‘Hero’ Ends Vegas Gunman’s Attack

A Las Vegas man stopped what could have been a deadly attack on Friday by shooting a gunman who opened fire in an apartment complex.

A man wearing a helmet and carrying a rifle can be seen on video apparently shooting through the lobby doors at Turnberry Towers late last week. But the video, posted by a local Vegas-news-focused Twitter account, shows he did not make it much farther before being confronted and shot by somebody else. Several residents of the towers praised the man who stopped the gunman.

“Homberto, who works in receiving is a hero,” said a Twitter user who goes by the name Brianna Dymond, who also posted what appears to be a video of the aftermath. “He shot the armed man and saved so many lives.”

An unnamed resident who spoke to KTNV also said the person who shot the gunman was an employee of the building and called him a hero.

Benjamin Teal, another building resident, said there was more than one hero in the building that day. He told 8 News Now that his valet attendant likely saved his life by alerting him to the dangerous situation.

“My valet comes out waving his arms saying, ‘There is a guy with a gun, turn around and go the other way,’ and so we go down to the basement the first level where the valet parking is and then we heard about six to seven or eight gunshots,” Teal told the news station. “It was pretty distinguishable to be a gunshot.”

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) offered few details when asked about the incident. They said one subject was taken to the hospital after police arrived on the scene.

“LVMPD received a call of a shooting in the 300 block of Karen Avenue,” the department’s Office of Public Information told The Reload. “When officers arrived, they located a subject suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Medical was requested and transported the subject to UMC Trauma. This is an ongoing investigation.”

Lt. Noe Esparza said in a press conference shortly after the shooting that the department had little information and couldn’t confirm what had happened on the scene. However, he emphasized the attack was not ongoing and claimed it wasn’t an active shooter incident, seemingly contradicting videos of the event.

“I want to dispel any reports of any active assailant or any active shooter situations, that was not the case here today,” Esparza told local reporters. “The community is safe, as this appears to be an isolated incident.”

Another video posted by Las Vegas Locally, seemingly taken before the gunman opened fire in the lobby, shows him standing inside the building near an elevator with an AR-15 but garnering little reaction from the other people present in the few seconds he’s on screen. Twitter user Dymond claimed she was told the gunman’s attack was unprovoked but didn’t directly witness the incident.

“It was a resident,” she tweeted. “Unprovoked, never had issues with anyone here, just went to his car, grabbed an AK [sic] and came back in and shot the front lobby up.”

Since Friday, police have been reluctant to share any further information about the incident. Their silence has led to criticism from gun-rights advocates looking for clarity on what exactly happened during the attack.

Amy Swearer, a Senior Legal Fellow who focuses on gun policy for the Heritage Foundation, criticized the police department’s handling of the situation in a series of posts on Twitter. She said she worked with colleagues at The Daily Signal to try to get more information on the case but was rebuffed by the department.

“Four days, and LVPD apparently doesn’t think it’s important to clarify basic facts of an incident that would probably garner national attention,” she tweeted. “They refused to simply state the obvious – an armed civilian thwarted an active shooter.”

LVMPD would not provide further details to The Reload over the phone either. Instead, the department said a public records request would be necessary for any additional information.

“Please submit a request through our Public Records Unit portal for additional information regarding the arrest report,” the department told The Reload.

The Reload has filed a request for records on the incident but received no further communication from LVMPD.

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