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Driver found dead after police attempt traffic stop

Driver found dead after police attempt traffic stop

By Katie Crowther. CREATED Aug 5, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man is shot dead while driving and his killer is still on the loose.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the shooting as a homicide.

Detectives aren't exactly sure where the shooting happened because the victim kept driving. His foot was apparently lodged on the gas peddle, even after he went unconscious.

They believe the victim was shot while driving near the intersection of Lake Mead and Martin Luther King Boulevards. People in the area reported hearing gunshots around 6 p.m. Sunday.

It was a Metro patrol officer who noticed a dark maroon Nissan Maxima run through the red light at Lake Mead and Martin Luther King. It appeared the car did not have a driver.

When the officer attempted to pull the car over, it did not stop.

It eventually crossed over the median on Martin Luther King, heading straight into oncoming traffic. The car did not stop until it crashed into a vehicle. Luckily, no one in that other vehicle was injured.

After the crash, the patrol officer noticed the driver of the Nissan was hunched over. The officer was then able to determine the driver had died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim is described as an African American male in his late 20s or early 30s.

Detectives say it's too early to tell if this is gang related. But neighbors are convinced it is and want the violence to stop.

"It's a danger for everyone," says Ronnie Gaston, who lives in the area and is the head deacon at the Anointed Tabernacle. "Any time you can just drive up a road and run into this type of stuff, it's scary. It was a young man today, it could be us tomorrow."

"There's probably going to be retaliation tonight," adds Martelle Trotter. "I want this stuff to stop. But for many, it's a way of life and all they know. They live for the right now. Because tomorrow is not an option for most people in this area."

Police do not have any suspects. Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.