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Man who shot and killed 5 people in apartments near Las Vegas banned from owning a firearm

Man who shot and killed 5 people in apartments near Las Vegas banned from owning a firearm

Man who shot and killed 5 people in apartments near Las Vegas banned from owning a firearm

By RIO YAMAT – Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The man who opened fire at an apartment complex near Las Vegas, killing five people and wounding a 13-year-old girl, is barred from owning a firearm because of previous felony convictions, according to court records.

The suspect, Eric Adams, later shot and killed himself as North Las Vegas police officers confronted him.

Police have not said what kind of firearm Adams used in Monday night’s shootings or how the suspect obtained it. Nevada law prohibits people convicted of felonies from owning or possessing a gun.

According to police, Adams was visiting his ex-girlfriend in a downstairs apartment when they started arguing and Adams shot the woman’s 24-year-old daughter and her girlfriend, killing them both. Adams then shot a neighbor, a 20-year-old man, who had come from his second-floor apartment to help.

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After shooting the neighbor, police said Adams entered the upstairs unit and opened fire again, killing the neighbor’s grandmother and mother and seriously injuring his teenage sister.

Adams “took his ex-girlfriend hostage” and fled in a vehicle, according to the police department. The woman managed to escape in the early hours of the morning and flagged down a police officer for help.

Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, police learned the suspect had been seen at a business in North Las Vegas, and when officers arrived in the area, they saw the suspect with a firearm, running into the backyard of a nearby house.

Officers chased Adams, but he refused to drop his gun and killed himself, police said.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office said Adams was 48 at the time of his death, not 47, as the police department initially reported.

Since at least 1994, Adams has been convicted in Clark County of violent crimes, including assault, domestic battery and battery on a police officer, according to court records.

More recently, Adams was arrested in February by North Las Vegas police on suspicion of domestic assault by strangulation. Court records show the case was dismissed because the victim did not cooperate with authorities.

Michael Hyte, a public defender who briefly represented Adams in the case, said Thursday he had no comment.

The coroner’s office identified the 24-year-old victim as Kayla Harris and the two women killed in the upstairs unit as Damiana Moreno, 59, and Amy Damian, 40.

The other two victims have not yet been identified.

Harris played basketball at Adams State University in southern Colorado, where he was working on a master’s degree in business administration, said David Tandberg, the university’s president.

In a statement, Tandberg called it a privilege “to watch Kayla excel on and off the court.”

“It seems almost impossible to understand and cope with the loss of a young woman so early in her promising life,” he said.

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