Metro police are hoping to ease the fear of residents who've been on edge since a fatal shooting happened there on Feb. 22.
They joined forces with religious groups to activate a "Shield of Hope," a gesture meant to show those residents that they are safe and they are not alone.
The shooting killed 20-year-old Quinton Jackson, and police are still searching for the men responsible. It happened in broad daylight at the Farenheit Apartments on Harmon and Maryland.
Residents there have been afraid to let their kids play outside since the shooting, but the Shield of Hope activation ceremony eased their fears. Metro and area religious groups took over the parking lot where the shooting occurred, hoping to comfort the residents while working to prevent any more senseless violence in the area.
Concerned residents were treated to live music, inspirational religious messages, and free food in the company of Metro and UNLV Police officers.
"We want to let them know we understand they have concerns about it and reassure them that we're here to keep them safe," said Capt. Tom Roberts of Metro's south central area command.
Police are also hoping some residents can point them in the right direction of the shooters. In the meantime, they are increasing patrol in the area and encouraging apartment management to install security lighting and hire a security guard.
The suspects were last seen in a white Dodge Durango with dark, tinted windows. One is a black male, 25 to 30 years old. He was last seen wearing dark clothes and a black hoodie. The other suspect is a light-skinned black or Polynesian man, 20 to 30 years old with dark shoulder-length braids. He was last seen in dark jeans and a white hoodie with a handgun in his waistband.
Two other men were also in the SUV when the shooting happened.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call Metro homicide or Crimestoppers.
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