Las Vegas police arrest female suspect in 'random' shooting at an apartment complex that left one dead

LAS VEGAS, NV - Authorities with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) have arrested the woman that is allegedly responsible for a "random" shooting that left one man dead at an apartment complex in the west valley. 

According to police, the deadly incident took place shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 in the 3600 block of South Fort Apache Road near Twain Avenue. Upon arriving on scene, officers found a man in his 40s who had been shot inside of a carpet cleaning company van near the entrance of the complex.

First responders provided medical aid until the victim was taken to a local hospital. Unfortunately, the man was later pronounced dead from the injuries sustained from the shooting. During a media briefing later that evening, LVMPD Lt. Jason Johansson said that police contacted several witnesses in order to obtain a possible description of the suspect. 

Those descriptions were a "white male with neck and facial tattoos and dark clothing, carrying 'numerous bags.'" Witnesses said that the suspect fled through the front entrance of the complex. However, Lt. Johansson confirmed that the suspect ended up being a female in her 20s.

The suspect was taken into custody without further incident after being found in a nearby neighborhood. Johansson said, "What we know is that our suspect was inside the apartment complex. At this time we do not believe that she lives there."

The suspect, identified by police call logs and court records is 27-year-old Kayla Alery, was also allegedly checking doors of cars, "likely to probably burglarize those cars," according to Lt. Johansson. The victim was reportedly at the apartment complex because of his job as a carpet cleaner and was there to provide an estimate to a potential customer. Initial investigations indicate that the suspect shot the victim while he was sitting in the driver's seat of his van.

Johansson said that as of now, there is "no indication at all" that the victim had any prior interaction with the suspect, adding, "this appears to be a random shooting of a completely innocent hardworking human being who was here at work and was shot and killed while doing their job."

He said that the investigation is ongoing and that homicide detectives are on the scene. He also noted that the suspect does have a criminal history, but he did not provide any additional details.

According to reports, a man said that he was a brother of the victim and had been called to the apartment complex by his other brother after the shooting. He said, "I feel terrible. We are three brothers here, now they are two and now how do I say to my mom. We came from El Salvador. My mom expected to visit maybe in the next couple months."

Alery faces charges of open murder, assault with a deadly weapon, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, carrying concealed weapon and discharging a gun into an occupied structure or vehicle. Anyone with information related to the shooting is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. 

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