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Victim of shooting, I-215 crash identified

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Joseph Lucero, seen in a 2012 booking photo. (Source: LVMPD) Joseph Lucero, seen in a 2012 booking photo. (Source: LVMPD)

Police named the victim Saturday of a fatal shooting that resulted in a crash at a busy Las Vegas interchange Thursday night.

Las Vegas Metro police said 27-year-old Joseph Lucero, of Las Vegas, is wanted in connection with the shooting of a man who later crashed his Jeep into three other cars on a ramp at the intersection of Interstate 215 and Eastern Avenue about 7:30 p.m.

Investigators said that several minutes before the crash they responded to an apartment in the 7200 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard after someone reported in the shooting. They said officers found neither a crime scene nor a victim when they arrived.

About 10 minutes later, police said, Nevada Highway Patrol reported a four-vehicle crash at nearby Eastern Avenue and I-215. They said troopers arrived to find the man who caused the crash had been shot several times. That man, who was identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office as 23-year-old Zachary Girdner, of Henderson, was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where he died.

Investigators said after hearing about the shooting victim at the crash scene, they went back to the apartment complex and discovered a crime scene at Lucero's apartment. They said it appears Girdner went to Lucero's apartment, where the pair argued, which escalated to a shooting. They said that when Girdner was shot, he fled the scene and was then involved in the crash.

Anyone with information regarding Lucero's whereabouts was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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