Cops: Killer of Homeless in LA Has Been Caught

Police in Las Vegas continue to search for gunman in shootings there
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 2, 2023 12:45 PM CST
Updated Dec 3, 2023 7:47 AM CST
Gunman Kills 1, Wounds 5 at Homeless Encampment
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UPDATE Dec 3, 2023 7:47 AM CST

A Los Angeles man has been identified as the suspect in three recent killings of homeless men. Police Chief Michel Moore said Saturday that Jerrid Joseph Powell, 33, was identified as the suspect in the killings after authorities determined a firearm found in a vehicle he was driving was linked to the shootings, per the AP. Police have not speculated about a motive. Powell also is accused of a separate killing. The homeless shootings in Los Angeles are not believed to be connected to the shootings of five homeless people in Las Vegas.

Dec 2, 2023 12:45 PM CST

Five men were shot at a homeless encampment in Las Vegas on Friday night, and police were searching for a suspect, authorities said. One of the victims, a man thought to be in his 50s, died, NBC News reports. The others were hospitalized, police said, with one of them in critical condition. The shooting occurred around 5:30pm near a freeway overpass in the northeastern part of the city, said police Lt. Mark Lourenco, per the AP.

The Friday night shooting is similar to but not connected with the killings of three men who were shot to death, apparently by a single gunman, while sleeping outside in different parts of Los Angeles on Sunday, police told ABC News. Los Angeles officials have issued a warning about sleeping alone on the streets; police are searching for the gunman there. "Seek shelter, seek services, stay together, seek support," Mayor Karen Bass said, per CNN. Las Vegas police on Saturday reassured residents about whether others are in danger from that killer. "We believe this is an isolated event," Lourenco texted the AP.

(More Las Vegas shooting stories.)

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