On Saturday, August 11, reports of an active shooter at the Blue Diamond Shopping Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, began circulating on social media around 5 p.m. local time. Initial tweets suggested that there was a gunman inside the Target at the shopping center, while others contradicted that information, saying that the shooter was inside of a Ross Dress for Less store, located in the same area.
Law enforcement quickly responded to the scene and street closures were put into place to protect the public. Several people were on lockdown inside stores (including Ross, Target, and Kohl’s), and began tweeting about their experiences. Other people were able to leave the shopping center and were told to evacuate.
There were then a few reports indicating that the shooter was “down.”
“Police are asking for people to stay clear of the area. There are road closures in effect. A police source told 13 Action News that the suspected shooter is down. Las Vegas police also tweeted that there has been a shooting involving Las Vegas police.”
Less than an hour later, police confirmed a few details about the shooting.
“This was a domestic dispute at the Ross at Valley View & Blue Diamond. Domestic dispute between a family, man tried to shoot at a woman, that’s when officers shot him. No word on his condition,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told 8NewsNow.
In the following video, which contains some profanity, you can hear gunshots. The video was taken outside of Target, but police have confirmed that the shooting happened at Ross. As you can see, there were several people standing outside at the time the gunshots started going off. Once it became clear that there was a shooting, people moved to the side of the building, shielding themselves.
“Witnesses report a shooter at Ross at 4000 Blue Diamond in Las Vegas. I called the Ross. A boy answered. He told me someone was shooting inside and outside of the store. He was very shaken up, told me he couldn’t find his mom. He just left the dressing room,” Darlene Melendez from 8 News Now tweeted a short while ago.
In the video below, you can see police going into the Target store. They did not appear to have their guns drawn, however.
Another social media user filmed police arriving at the shopping center, parking in front of a Big Lots store. You can see that below.
Police have not offered any further information about the incident or the suspect. It’s unclear if anyone else was hurt in this incident.