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August 31, 2014

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UPDATE: Police hunt for 17-year-old in man’s death

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Jonathan Romero

(Originally posted at 11:32 a.m.) Authorities were searching tonight in Las Vegas for a 17-year-old Las Vegas youth who they believed shot and killed his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend this morning in a home in the northeast part of the city

This evening, Metro Police were still searching for Jonathan Romero near the area where the shooting took place, a house in the 800 block of Bladensburg Street, near Washington Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.

Police said Romero is considered to be armed and dangerous.

"If observed, do not attempt to contact him, call 911 immediately. Jonathan Romero has been seen recently in the areas of Clark Avenue and Maryland Parkway, Sunrise Street near Eastern and the 100 block of North 20th Street," police said.

Police described him as being a Hispanic male, about 5-feet-9, weighing about 130 pounds with a shaved head (normally dark brown hair), brown eyes and possibly a thin moustache.

Police said they received a 911 call at 6:43 a.m. from a woman reporting that a man had shot her boyfriend inside their residence in the 800 block of Brandensburg and had fled. When officers and medical personnel arrived, they found an 18-year-old man deceased from a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

The name of the victim will not be released until he is positively identified and his next of kin have been notified, police said.

This morning, police blocked Maryland Parkway in both directions between Lewis and Clark avenues as they searched for Romero. The street was reopened shortly before noon today.

Daniel Lopez, 19, told the Sun he knows both the suspect and the victim. The victim lived with his 18-year-old girlfriend, Lopez said.

Lopez said the girlfriend's brother called Lopez looking for the girlfriend. A short time later, the suspect burst through the front door, shooting the victim, Lopez said.

The girlfriend "didn't want to be with him any more," Lopez said.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact the Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or Crimestoppers at 702-385-5555.

"Who would think that he'd shoot him," Lopez said, standing in the shade of the Orleans Square apartment complex on Maryland Parkway and Clark.

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