Affidavit: 17-year-old girl shot by boyfriend

Affidavit: 17-year-old girl shot by boyfriend

From the Las Vegas Optic

Police are looking for an 18-year-old Las Vegas man who allegedly shot a 17-year-old girl in the face.

The girl told police she was at her boyfriend’s home when someone knocked on the door in the early morning hours of May 25, and that when she answered, a masked man pointed a gun in her face and fired. Police, however, have determined there was no masked man at the door, and instead, it was the girl’s boyfriend who shot her.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Xavier Aragon, 18, who faces felony charges following the May 25 shooting. Police allege Aragon shot the girl in the face, and that the couple made up the story about the man at the door.

Las Vegas police were called to an apartment in the 500 block of Mountain View Drive around 2 a.m. May 25 soon after the shooting. The girl was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, but was later transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. In an arrest affidavit filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court, investigators describe the girl’s wound as “a small hole on the right side of her face by her nose.”

Investigators interviewed the girl at UNMH later that day. She said that prior to the shooting, she was with Aragon in his bedroom, and that his parents were asleep on the sofa in the living room.

She said she went to the kitchen to make some soup, and that someone knocked at the front door. When she opened it, a masked man wearing a hooded jacket pointed a handgun in her face and fired it, without saying a word to her. She said the man then ran from the property, toward Hanna Park. She told police she didn’t know the man, but described the gun as a revolver with a wooden handle.

Officers with the Las Vegas Police Department located a .22-caliber revolver by a fence just outside the apartment that matched the description given by the girl. The revolver’s cylinder was capable of holding six rounds; it contained five live rounds, and one spent casing, according to the affidavit.

Investigators began finding inconsistencies in the girl’s story and started to suspect someone inside the apartment had shot her. Investigators again questioned the girl on May 27, this time at the LVPD station. During the interview, she changed her story, saying Aragon had shot her by accident, according to the affidavit.

The girl said Aragon had gotten the revolver from a family member for protection from some people who’d been fighting with his father. The night of the shooting, according to the girl, Aragon was “messing” with the gun, pointing it at the door and pulling the trigger. She said it never fired, but admitted that Aragon had pointed the gun at her in the past.

The girl told investigators she’d been sitting on Aragon’s bed while he was on the bed with the gun in his hand, “cleaning it or messing with it,” according to the affidavit. She said that’s when it fired, and that she didn’t know she’d been shot until a tooth fell from her mouth.

According to the affidavit, the gun recovered by police is a single-action revolver that requires the hammer to be manually pulled back in order for the gun to fire. An investigator told the girl that because of this, the shooting did not seem like an accident. The girl responded by saying she didn’t want Aragon to get in trouble or go to jail, and that he “must have been cleaning the gun or something,” according to the affidavit.

Police also found inconsistencies with the girl’s story about Aragon being on the bed, feeling that the trajectory of the bullet didn’t match her story. She then said she was sitting on the bed watching TV while Aragon stood next to her, and that she turned toward him just as the gun fired. The investigator asked if the gun was pointed at her face when she turned, and she said it was, but reiterated that she didn’t think Aragon shot her on purpose.

During a search of the girl’s cellphone, in a folder of recently deleted photos, officers located two selfie-style photos of her and Aragon. In both photos, police say Aragon was pointing the revolver at the girl’s face.

Investigators attempted to locate Aragon at his home on Mountain View Drive, but no one answered the door. An arrest warrant was issued for Aragon on June 7.

Aragon has been charged with felony child abuse and felony tampering with evidence. He also faces misdemeanor charges of unlawful carrying of a handgun by a person under the age of 19, and negligent use of a deadly weapon.