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Las Vegas police investigate reported homicide in south valley

Updated April 4, 2020 - 7:50 pm

A man was arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting his father and wounding his mother during a family cookout in the south valley Saturday afternoon.

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested 30-year-old Alfonso Fernandez on suspicion of open murder and attempted murder. He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.

Police say he shot both of his parents multiple times Saturday at their home in the 4300 block of Garland Court, near Rochelle and Eastern avenues, just after 1 p.m.

The man’s father, a man in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the mother was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where she underwent surgery Saturday afternoon, Metro homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said outside the scene.

Police say the shooting occurred after Fernandez got into an argument at a family gathering, which was attended by at least five people, including a child, Spencer said. Police accuse Fernandez of fatally shooting his father inside the home’s garage before shooting his mother inside the living room, according to a news release from the department Saturday night.

The other family members ran upstairs and called 911, Spencer said.

Officers took Fernandez into custody at the scene, police said. He was not injured, Spencer said.

He said the son lived at the home with his parents.

Spencer said that those experiencing domestic violence should seek help, such as Metro’s Family Justice Center, to prevent violent situations.

“Especially with everybody being quarantined inside their house, it can be very stressful,” he said.

Spencer added that “there are many community resources out there that would be glad to help somebody going through a stressful time to prevent a situation that we’re out here talking about today.”

The name of the man killed will be released by the Clark County coroner’s office, police said.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Dalton LaFerney contributed to this report.

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