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15-year-old charged with attempted murder in January shooting

Updated April 6, 2020 - 8:08 am

A 15-year-old has been charged with attempted murder and other felonies after authorities say he fired 14 shots, hitting a man, in front of a school and a Boys & Girls Club.

Martin Flores-Chiquin, of Las Vegas, was arrested in the Jan. 19 shooting in the 2800 block of East Stewart Avenue, court records indicate.

An arrest report for Flores-Chiquin said police were called to the scene at 8:30 p.m. in front of the Downtown Boys & Girls Club at 2801 E. Stewart Ave. The shooting also was close to Variety Elementary School on Stewart.

Police found a 24-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was taken to University Medical Center and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police interviewed witnesses who said a large group of men confronted two other men shortly before the shooting and that the “suspects claimed the gang 28th Street.” Fourteen casings from a 9 mm handgun were found at the scene. When police spoke to the shooting victim, he said he and a friend were walking to a convenience store at Stewart and Eastern avenues when a group of young men approached.

“This is our block. This is 28th,” one man yelled.

Another yelled “just show him whose block it is,” according to the arrest report, before gunshots rang out.

Flores-Chiquin was arrested after police reviewed video surveillance from multiple cameras on the block. An investigator wrote in an arrest report that the video from one camera “appears to capture Flores shooting at the victims.” Flores-Chiquin was arrested after an unrelated fight at Rancho High School, an arrest report states.

Las Vegas Justice Court records indicate a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 14. Flores-Chiquin also faces charges of battery, assault and conspiracy.

Contact Glenn Puit at gpuit@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0390. Follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter.

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