LAS VEGAS, NV – Two individuals have been taken into custody after a shooting at a homeless encampment in Las Vegas resulted in the deaths of two people and left three others injured. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced on Friday the arrest of Cristobal Perez, 31, and his girlfriend Kylee Au Young, 21, on charges including murder and attempted murder.
The incident, which occurred on December 1, 2023, at an intersection in a east Las Vegas neighborhood, was described by police as a “targeted attack.” Lieutenant Jason Johannsen shared during a press conference that Perez had been involved in a dispute with a relative in the area before the shooting took place.
According to the investigation, Perez was dropped off in a neighborhood north of the shooting location and waited for a black SUV to pick him up near Sandhill Road and Charleston. After being picked up, the SUV parked on Sandhill Road, and Perez proceeded to walk towards the homeless encampment, opening fire immediately upon arrival. He then fled to another vehicle across the street, driven by Au Young.
The motive behind the shooting remains unknown. Police are still searching for another suspect linked to the incident. The victims have been identified as Timothy Brenton and Ashley Burrell, with three other unhoused individuals sustaining injuries.
Perez and Au Young will face charges including murder and battery with a deadly weapon, and they will be booked into the Clark County Detention Center.