The following vignettes describe the circumstances for killings not ruled self-defense by private individuals with permits to carry concealed handguns. The incidents below all occurred in Nevada. The descriptions include the current, known status of any charges filed against the concealed carry killer as reported by news sources as well as noting instances where the perpetrator committed suicide.
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Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Michael Moreno PENDING
Date: October 7, 2011
People Killed: 1
Circumstances: On October 7, 2011, concealed handgun permit holder Michael Moreno, 37, allegedly shot and killed Damien Reed following a dispute about reckless driving. Moreno allegedly pulled up to a home at 804 Dike Lane where Reed and a friend were working on Reed’s car. Witnesses reported that Reed and Moreno argued about Moreno’s reckless driving, the argument escalated, and shots were fired. Witnesses told police that both men fired weapons. Moreno claimed that he was acting in self defense and did not fire first. When police searched Moreno’s 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, they found a .40 pistol and ammunition that matched shells found at the crime scene. Moreno was charged with felony counts of murder with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm at or into a structure and discharging a firearm out of a motor vehicle.
Source: “Man charged in connection with deadly shooting,” Las Vegas Sun, October 18, 2011.
Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Alex Kopystenski CONVICTED
Date: July 20, 2009
People Killed: 1
Circumstances: On July 20, 2009, concealed handgun permit holder Alex Kopystenski was going through a drive-in window at a Walgreens drug store when his five-year-old picked up a 9mm handgun from the vehicle’s front console and fatally shot himself in the head. Alex Kopystenski pleaded guilty to a felony charge of child abuse and neglect with substantial bodily harm.
Source: “Sentencing delayed for father who admits guilt in boy’s fatal shooting,” Las Vegas Sun, August 10, 2011.