Landlord shoots dead tenants in dispute over the rent

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A landlord argued with his live-in tenants over unpaid rent before opening fire with a handgun at a small house near downtown Las Vegas, in the US, early Tuesday (local time).

The altercation led to the killing of two women and the wounding of a man who suffered nine gunshot wounds, police said.

The suspect, a man in his late 70s, surrendered after a standoff with police who arrived about 12:30 am to find one woman dead outside the pink one-story home and the wounded man coming out the door.

The landlord is expected to face murder and attempted murder charges. Source: AP
The shooting, apparently involving a landlord-tenant dispute, left two renters dead, one critically wounded with nine gunshot wounds. Source: AP

Police SWAT officers found the second woman dead inside the house, officer Ray Spencer said.

The names of the dead women and the wounded man, all in their 50s, were not immediately made public.

The man was hospitalised in critical condition and was expected to survive, Mr Spencer said.

Police confiscated a 9mm handgun and the homeowner was being questioned. He was expected to be jailed pending a court appearance on murder and attempted murder charges.

The suspect's identity was not immediately released.

The shooting, apparently involving a landlord-tenant dispute, left two renters dead, one critically wounded with nine gunshot wounds. Source: AP
The landlord is expected to face murder and attempted murder charges. Source: AP

“There was a dispute that started yesterday over money that was owed for rent,” Mr Spencer said.

One of the women left the three-bedroom house and returned before the fatal confrontation, he said.

“We don’t know the specifics, but information from witnesses is that it’s all over money not paid for their portion of the rent,” the officer said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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