2 Homeless Men Shot and Killed in Las Vegas

The video is chilling. James Edgar Lewis is sleeping under a Las Vegas freeway when a dark-colored SUV passes by. Seconds later, a man wearing a dark top emerges from the vehicle and shoots Lewis twice in the head before fleeing.

There is no struggle, no fight. Lewis never even appears to wake up.

“It’s basically an execution,” said Lt. Dan McGrath of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.

Lewis’ death on Friday has Las Vegas police looking for clues that may link the fatal attack to the shooting of another homeless man 10 minutes away and four days earlier.

On January 29, Brian Clegg was shot and killed, also while sleeping, in front of a business on a busy street.

“There is a possibility that these two incidents are related,” said LVMPD spokeswoman Laura Meltzer. “A homeless person was sleeping when the person shot them.”

Police released the video showing Lewis’ “cold-blooded killing” on their Facebook page, urging anyone with information to come forward. The video is very graphic and comes with a warning.

Meanwhile, Meltzer says police are canvassing the areas surrounding the shootings and asking residents to check their home surveillance cameras for footage of a dark-colored SUV or a male in a dark hoodie, which was what the suspect was wearing when he shot Clegg.

“Our patrol sector and investigative detail are attempting to solve these crimes with an increased presence in areas where we have large numbers of homeless people,” Meltzer said. “We never quite know where that piece of information is going to come from that can solve these cases.”

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SOURCE: CNN, Carma Hassan