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5 Dead in Las Vegas Shooting Rampage

Las Vegas police officers are near the scene of a shooting in Las Vegas, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Eric Verduzco)


UPDATED: 6/9/14  9:49AM

(AURN) -- According to an extensive report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sunday's deadly shooting that targeted two Las Vegas police officers, and an armed bystander, may have been racially motivated.   The unidentified shooters who took their own lives at a local Walmart reportedly had various right-wing ties. Neo-Nazi, white supremacist, Tea Party, and Bundy ranch clues are being uncovered in the aftermath of the tragic shooting.  Read more here.


Original story: 6/9/14  5:30AM 

(AURN/AP) -- A man and a woman ambushed two police officers eating lunch at a Las Vegas restaurant, fatally shooting them at point-blank range before fleeing to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said Sunday.

The shooters walked into CiCi's Pizza and gunned down Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, Las Vegas police officials said. One of the officers was able to fire back before he died, but it's unclear if he hit the suspects, Sheriff Doug Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.

One of the shooters yelled, "This is a revolution," but a motive remains under investigation, Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield told The Associated Press. He added that "we don't know anything about the suspects yet."

After shooting the officers, the suspects fled to the Wal-Mart across the street, where they killed a person inside the front door and exchanged gunfire with police before killing themselves, police said.

The female suspect shot the male suspect before killing herself, Gillespie said. The victim's identity hasn't been confirmed, and the suspects' names haven't been released.

"It's a tragic day," Gillespie said. "But we still have a community to police, and we still have a community to protect. We will be out there doing it with our heads held high, but with an emptiness in our hearts."

Both officers were pronounced dead at University Medical Center. Beck had been with the department since 2001 and leaves behind a wife and three children. Soldo had been with the force since 2006 and is survived by a wife and baby, police said.

Pauline Pacheco was shopping at Wal-Mart when she saw the armed man and grabbed her father to escape, KLAS-TV reported.

"We saw when the man was walking, he was shouting, yelling bad words, and suddenly he had a gun," she told the station. "It was terrible, it was terrible. That man was crazy."

In a statement, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman called the killings a "cruel act" and praised the officers for dedicating "their lives to protecting all of us in our community."

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