Man, woman dead, 2 kids shot outside Vegas-area day care

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A domestic-related shooting in front of a suburban Las Vegas day care center left a man and woman dead Thursday and their two young children hospitalized with gunshot wounds, authorities said.

It was not clear whether the mother or father fired the shots or whether the 3-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy were intended targets, North Las Vegas police spokeswoman Ann Cavaricci said. The children were hospitalized in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities have not identified the family and said it was clear what the adults’ relationship status was.

Employees were at the Kids Campus Learning Center as it opened, but no other children were around when the shooting happened around 6:10 a.m. in the front parking lot, police said. No one else was hurt at the preschool and day care, and no suspects are being sought.

The workers initially cared for the children and reported the shooting to police, Cavaricci said.

“They opened the doors and brought the children inside, called 911,” she said. “They did everything they could to make sure those kids were safe.”

The center declined to comment.

Cavaricci said the children attend daycare at the center. A child protective services agency is working to find relatives to help care for them.

Only a few employees were at work at the time of the shooting, and no other children were at the daycare at the time, Cavaricci said.

Police said they don’t believe there was an exchange of gunfire because only one weapon was recovered at the scene.

AP reporter Jackie Quinn contributed from Washington.

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