Friends pray for teen shot, suspect's neighbors in disgust
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Friends of a 17-year-old shot in the neck at a Las Vegas skate park are praying for his recovery but also aware of what's at stake.
Those friends identify the victim as Keaton Belliston, a Shadow Ridge High School graduate and an employee of Smith's grocery store.
Belliston's friends say they're being told there's a possibility he'll be paralyzed from the waist down. He is currently listed in critical condition at UMC.
The teen was shot during a brazen crime spree Tuesday night allegedly carried out by an unidentified juvenile and 21-year-old Jerry Santistevan.
"Him and like three other dudes had walked by us here and looked real suspicious and shady. I was like, alright, we're going to leave," said skateboarder Jake Sizemore, friend of Belliston.
Shortly after Sizemore left the Mountain Ridge Park, he heard sirens. He later learned that his friends were targeted in a crime of opportunity.
It's unclear if Santistevan or the juvenile suspect pulled the trigger during the robbery on Belliston and two peers.
However, the two suspects are accused of robbing two girls at a separate location hours earlier. That crime happened near Buffalo and Golden Talon around 5:30 p.m.
Belliston's friends are now fixated on the violence brought to their typically peaceful hangout.
"It's definitely a bummer. It saddens me for him. He's only 17 years old. He isn't even out of high school yet. Now he might never walk again," added friend Jake Sizemore.
Some time after shots were fired at the skate park near Elkhorn and U.S. 95, police closed in on Santistevan's Centennial Hills home.
Neighbors say they were on lockdown for hours.
"I look out the window, and I see all of the lights flashing right here. My girlfriend's texting me, girl are you okay, your whole neighborhood's blocked off. I'm like, what the heck," said neighbor Alisha Morrison-Stuhan.
Alisha Morrison-Stuhan never anticipated her neighbor would be accused of something so heinous.
"They were very nice outside. I bumped into them before but got an eery feeling without a doubt.," explained Morrison-Stuhan.
A young woman inside the home where Santistevan had been living opened the door for Action News Wednesday night. She was visibly emotional and said she had no comment.
Santistevan and the unnamed juvenile face a list of felonies, including attempted murder and robbery with a deadly weapon.