2 Children and 2 Adults Found Shot to Death in Home

A devastating event unfolded on Monday morning in a Las Vegas apartment, resulting in the death of multiple individuals, including two children, in what appears to be a murder-suicide. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was alerted to the incident at a residential complex located on Oso Blanca Road, in close proximity to Durango Drive and Veterans Memorial Highway.

Upon their arrival, law enforcement officers found five individuals suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims included a man, an elderly woman, and three children, all under the age of 14. One of the children was found barely alive and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment. However, the other two children, along with the woman and the man, were declared dead at the scene.

Initial reports from the scene suggest that the incident was a murder-suicide, as stated by Lt. Robert Price of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The investigation identified the shooter as Marvin Ray Patterson, who was responsible for the deaths of the children, the woman, and his own. Patterson was known to law enforcement, as he was under house arrest and wore an ankle monitor due to prior accusations of child sex crimes.

The exact relationship between Patterson and the victims remains unclear, but authorities believe there was a connection. Lt. Price expressed profound sorrow over the incident, particularly given its occurrence during the holiday season, a time when individuals may be more susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts. He urged those facing such struggles to reach out to hotlines, friends, and family for support.

This horrific incident highlights the urgent need for increased mental health awareness and the importance of addressing issues like depression and suicidal ideation. As the community grieves the loss of innocent lives, it is imperative to prioritize mental health and ensure that resources are readily available for those in need.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is continuing its investigation into the circumstances surrounding this tragic event. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.