A HEAVILY-tattooed trio may get death sentences for a terrifying 11-hour, two-state Thanksgiving Day gun rampage targeting random passersby, says a prosecutor.
Shawn McDonnell and Kayleigh Lewis could face the death penalty in Las Vegas along with Christopher McDonnell who allegedly told cops of an “upcoming war”.
The trio were stopped following a dramatic car chase, with assault-style-rifle-wielding troopers opening fire.
One man was fatally shot and four other people were wounded during the shocking shooting spree that spilled out across Nevada and Arizona.
The man who was killed, Kevin Mendiola Jr., 22, of North Las Vegas, was described as a gracious “big boy” with a big heart by his former high school football coach, reports the Las Vegas Sun.
The indiscriminate shooting at strangers also left Mendiola's younger brother and girlfriend with injuries.
Two others were also hit by gunfire, with all four wounded expected to make a full recovery, Henderson Police said last Thursday.
Michael Schwartzer, a chief deputy Clark County district attorney, said the trio could face the death penalty if found guilty.
Schwartzer said other people including motorists reported being targeted on southern Nevada freeways and roads before 1am on November 26.
The suspects, whose faces are covered with tattoos, were taken into custody in Arizona, cops said.
All three - from Tyler, Texas - were arrested on November 26 after several vehicle-to-vehicle shootings in the area of the Colorado River town of Parker, Arizona.
The cops' chase ended with the wounding of Shawn McDonnell by two troopers wielding assault-style rifles in La Paz County in the state.
Troopers reported that Shawn McDonnell, 30, pointed a handgun at them before he was shot. He's expected to survive.
A search found three handguns, two machete-style knives and a baseball bat in a wrecked black Toyota Camry with tinted windows, reports the Associated Press.
Schwartzer said Christopher McDonnell, 28, allegedly told investigators his brother told him to “shoot the black guy”.
He's also alleged to have referenced an “upcoming war".
At least ten people were targeted, but cops received a report of another shooting that could bring the total to 11, he added.
It's just a horrific case. The victims were just living their lives.Michael Schwartzer, Clark County district attorney
"Once we get our arms around this, it's going to be quite a case.
“We’re still trying to find out what happened," Schwartzer said.
He added: "It's just a horrific case to me. It's Thanksgiving. The victims in this case did absolutely nothing wrong and were just living their lives."
The multiple shootings on highways and roads could constitute one continued act of terrorism, the Review-Journal reported.
In Nevada, Christopher McDonnell faced a judge on Tuesday on murder, attempted murder, battery and firearm charges.
Henderson Justice of the Peace Stephen George set a December 15 bail hearing.
His attorney, Curtis Brown, said later that it was too early to comment about the case.
The La Paz County sheriff’s office said investigators identified three people who said they were victims of vehicle-to-vehicle shootings on US 95 in the Parker area.
Two other people who were allegedly shot at managed to drive on to Lake Havasu before stopping for help.
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Kayleigh Lewis, 25, is being held at the La Paz County jail pending a court hearing.
Shawn McDonnell was hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
The La Paz County sheriff’s office told reporters: “We have not tied anything or anyone together and we believe the victims were random."