Following the arrest of a suspect in a Las Vegas Strip parking garage shooting, one of three victims remains in critical condition and paralyzed.
On a day like this, 18-year-old Jeremy Miller could be hanging out with his friends and enjoying his youth.
Instead, he is in a medically induced coma at University Medical Center (UMC) with a collapsed lung and a bullet in his spine.
"We want him to have a fighting chance at being a normal 18-year-old," said Atom Miller, Jeremy Miller's father.
Jeremy Miller was with his friend and girlfriend early Wednesday morning when he was shot several times in front of a parking garage elevator, located near the United Artists Showcase Theatre. Jeremy Miller's friend was also shot, along with a third individual who suffered minor injuries.
"(Jeremy Miller) was saying, 'Don't let me die. Don't let me die.' And he's proven that every essence of his body is fighting right now," Atom Miller said.
Devante Jeffers, 18, was arrested on Feb. 6 and charged with attempted murder and several other crimes.
Detectives also identified another suspect, 21-year-old Ariya Manoi, who is still at large and wanted on felony warrants including three counts of attempted murder.
Metro police suspect the shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the two parties.
Jeremy Miller's medical costs are rising by the tens of thousands every day, and the bullet still lodged in his spine has left him paralyzed. His family says he is not aware of the injury's severity.
"His spine is not reversible, and so that's something we have to deal with on an ongoing basis," Atom Miller said outside UMC Monday. "But, he was shot 10 times and he's alive."
Jeremy Miller's family says they cannot afford the increasing cost of his medical care and are seeking support from the community.
The family has set up a fund through Wells Fargo Bank at account number: 3000102857187. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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