Las Vegas Homicides in 2017 Set New Record

Even excluding the 58 deaths from the city’s mass shooting on Oct. 1, police investigated 171 homicides, exceeding the previous record, set in 2016.

Last year was the deadliest year in Las Vegas since at least 1990. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that police investigated 171 homicides, not including the 58 deaths from the mass shooting on Oct. 1. Even with the massacre’s statistics excluded, the city topped the previous record set in 2016, when detectives investigated 168 homicides. Violent crime in 2017 touched all walks of life. The youngest homicide victim was just 25 days old and the oldest 82 years.

They were killed while trying to stop robberies, participating in drug deals, breaking up fights, sleeping outside on sidewalks and even while playing dominoes. Families were destroyed in murder-suicides, the youngest homicide victim was fatally shot days before his 1-month birthday, and an unarmed man who had committed no crime was strangled by a police officer on the Strip. In the past, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has attributed the rise in homicides, in part, to a jump in the city’s population. William Sousa, a University of Nevada Las Vegas criminal justice professor, noted that Las Vegas crime rates fail to account for the community’s large tourist population.