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Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Boy Wounded

LAS VEGAS -- Two adults are dead and one child is fighting for his life. All are members of the same family and now Las Vegas police are trying to figure out why the incident happened.

The murder-suicide happened in the northeast part of town near Walnut and Carey.

The incident began as a domestic disturbance and quickly escalated. Police say the middle- aged man who lived at the house shot his sister and then her nephew before killing himself.

Neighbors describe him as a ticking time bomb, saying he was violent and could have erupted at any moment.

"Especially towards his mother. His sister -- he never got along with his sister. She moved in here about two months ago and we knew something was going to happen. Not this soon, maybe sooner. But last night, it's a shame it was the kid though," said neighbor Wanda Pence.

Pence's family heard the family next door arguing and then around 9 p.m., they heard gunshots and then sirens.

Police found a man and woman dead inside, and an 11-year-old boy badly wounded. The boy was rushed to University Medical Center in extremely critical condition.

"In the past, we've had dealings with him and he would made statements indicating he would harm police officers. And because of that, we're taking extra precautions there are no hidden hazards our homicide team would encounter," said Metro Officer Bill Cassell.

Officers evacuated the neighborhood and called out the bomb squad to inspect the area, but found nothing.

The woman who owns the house is the suspect's 85-year-old mother. The four lived there together. Neighbors said he worked at the Mirage and his sister stayed home to care for their mother.