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Police probe slaying of Las Vegas man outside northwest valley bar

Updated Thursday, March 31, 2011 | 2:15 p.m.

Shooting victim remembrance

KSNV coverage of remembrance for victim of fatal shooting outside northwest valley bar, March 31, 2011.

Metro Police are investigating the late Wednesday shooting death of a 22-year-old Las Vegas man outside a northwest valley bar.

Michael Portaro, a former athlete at Faith Lutheran High School, died from multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Metro Police said they received a call just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday reporting a body outside the Tenaya Creek Brewery, 3101 North Tenaya Way, near MountainView Hospital.

Customers at the bar found the body, police said.

When officers arrived they found a man covered in blood with multiple gunshot wounds, Metro Lt. Barb Schmidt said. Portaro, an aspiring rapper, was declared dead at the scene.

Portaro’s younger brother, Joe, was Faith Lutheran’s quarterback last season and committed to walk-on with the UNLV football team later this year.

Police said early Thursday afternoon that they have no information about possible suspects or vehicles involved in the shooting, but they continue to investigate.

Anyone with information about the shooting is being asked to contact Metro’s Homicide Detail at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or

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  1. Yet If I post any remark about guns and how they only kill people and do nothing else I will be bashed over and over with comments about how "Guns don't kill people" and "I need it for protection." What you need is protection from people with guns. Gary S

  2. While what you say is true, Gary S, the right to bear arms is still one of our most precious constitutional rights. The way they're denigrating the Constitution these days and running roughshod over the wants and needs of the people, we can only pray for responsible gun ownership. Most gun owners ARE responsible-it's the criminals who get guns illegally and use them NOT for what they were intended. Know this..NEVER give up any of your freedom, Gary, the minute you lose it, I guarantee you'll want it back and fight to get it!

  3. Guns don't kill people....the bullets do!

  4. "It hasn't been decided yet, but when it is, gay marriage will likely fall under the same amendment, same section, just as bans against interracial marriages were ruled unconstitutional."

    ShannonK -- it already has, just not directly.

    You're correct on the ban on interracial marriages -- funny thing how despite the flurry of post-Civil War legislation, including the 13th and 14th Amendments, it still took nearly a hundred years before Loving v. Virginia settled that. And still in spite of the U.S. Supremes' conclusive ruling binding on all lower courts and their officers, a justice of the peace in Louisiana about two years ago refused to perform an interracial marriage -- he told reporters later he was concerned for their children.

    The biggest hoax about marriage is how We the People long ago bought into the BS the state or any government can license it or any other fundamental liberty. That was covered by the U.S. Supremes in Meister v. Moore (1877). The mischief continued to thrive from there, including drivers' licenses, contractors to name a very few.

    "Why don't they just pass a law that it's against the law to shoot anyone. Oh they already did that."

    ls1 -- your first post raised a good point or two, but it's still the recurring theme the gun grabbers continue to ignore, all gun restrictions do is disarm law abiding citizens and impinge on their freedoms. Criminals live and act outside the law the rest of us struggle to abide by (who can keep up with 51 legislatures + all those municipalities). Anyone with enough motivation, as the recent Tucson shootings proved, will get a weapon and use it. That's no justification at all for restricting our freedoms.

    All your two later posts showed are either lack of coffee or you just outed yourself as a bigot and a buffoon. Do feel free to prove it was the first, otherwise nothing you post here is at all relevant to this discussion.

    "[T]he enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table." District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. __ (slip opinion at 64) (2008)

  5. We seem to forget that one of the first marks of "civilization" in the West was the outlawing of carrying guns in the city limits.

    Here is Tombstone, Arizona's law:

    November 1881 Ordinance No. 9

    "To Provide against Carrying of Deadly Weapons" (effective April 19, 1881).

    Section 1. It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person to carry deadly weapons, concealed or otherwise...within the limits of the City of Tombstone.

    Section 2: This prohibition does not extend to persons immediately leaving or entering the city, who, with good faith, and within reasonable time are proceeding to deposit, or take from the place of deposit such deadly weapon.

    Section 3: All fire-arms of every description, and bowie knives and dirks, are included within the prohibition of this ordinance.

    A good book on this subject. Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America, by Richard Slotkin

  6. "We seem to forget that one of the first marks of "civilization" in the West was the outlawing of carrying guns in the city limits."

    Woodysez1 -- not true. Unless you included something from both major Second Amendment cases the U.S. Supremes have given us since 2008 -- several hundred pages' worth -- a 130-year old town ordinance is hardly legal authority for abrogating the fundamental liberty of keeping and bearing arms.

    sevenfoot got it right -- "What you need is protection from people with guns."

    "Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rulemaking or legislation which would abrogate them." -- Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491 (1966)