Las Vegas Teenager Accidentally Kills His Friend During Shootout at House Party, Cops Say

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Source: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; UNSPLASH

May 3 2023, Published 11:13 a.m. ET

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A teenager is accused of killing his friend during a shootout outside a house party in Las Vegas months ago, authorities said.

Armon Watkins, 17, was charged on May 2 with murder, discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle, and carrying and concealing a gun without a permit, court records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show.

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On Feb. 17, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in an arrest report that Watkins was at the party when Alexander Ramirez allegedly began drunkenly pointing a weapon at guests inside the residence.

When Watkins and his friends left the home, police said Ramirez shot at the group. One of Watkins' friends, Luiga Luna, 17, got into a Black Lexus and Watkins, not knowing his friends were in the vehicle, opened fire on the car, striking Luna in the chest, the arrest report states.


“Watkins called someone from their group of friends and apologized for what happened, stating he was trying to protect them,” detectives noted in the report, according to the Review-Journal.

Luna was driven to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead from his wounds.

Watkins was being held without bond.

Court records show the second shooter, Ramirez, faces charges that include attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and owning a gun as a prohibited person.


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