Las Vegas: Homicides increase in 2021, solved rate high

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Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 10:16 AM PST
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A newspaper reports that year-end data compiled from multiple agencies in the Las Vegas area showed that law enforcement investigated at least 245 homicides in 2021.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the total topped 2017, when 264 people were killed including 58 in an Oct. 1 mass shooting at a concert on the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas police handled 185 of last year’s killings.

Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer told the Review-Journal he believes easy access to guns helped last year become the busiest year for homicides since he began heading the unit in 2018.

Countywide, shootings accounted for nearly 70% of all homicides, and 20 victims were under age 18.

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