Las Vegas Arts District Sees Shootings, But Neighborhood Not Under Curfew Proposal

A shooting happened in the Las Vegas Arts District Sunday morning. It took place near South Main Street and East Imperial Avenue, reported KVVU, a local TV station. It comes as city officials weigh where to place a planned, tougher curfew in Downtown Las Vegas.

Nevada Brew Works, pictured above. The proprietor of the Las Vegas Arts District brewery is opposed to including the district under a proposed curfew. (Image: Eater Las Vegas)

Details on the recent gun violence in the popular Arts District were not immediately available. But shootings in and around the Arts District neighborhood happened previously.

In May, a shooting took place near First Friday — a monthly arts and cultural festival — held in the Arts District, said KLAS, another local TV station. The violence happened near Coolidge Avenue. Three men got into a dispute. Matters escalated and one of the men shot another man involved in the argument, the report said.

Two of the men then ran away. The wounded man was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Earlier, in March 2019, a shooting was reported on South Las Vegas Boulevard, near Charleston Boulevard, said KSNV, another TV station. One man suffered a wound in his foot.

City Council Considers Tougher Curfew

The Las Vegas City Council is now weighing a proposed curfew for those under 21 years of age in the Fremont Street area of Downtown Las Vegas. A current proposal would ban anyone under 21 between 9 pm and 5 am seven days a week, KVVU said.

The curfew would be in effect in an area with boundaries of Ogden Avenue, 8th Street, Carson Avenue, and Main Street. The Fremont Street Experience (FSE) is included within that area.

The proposal came about after shootings at the FSE, a popular pedestrian mall. On June 19, a 16-year-old boy, Ruben Robles, allegedly fatally shot a man at the FSE. An innocent bystander also was wounded by gunfire. Fabian Carmona, 21, was also charged in the violent struggle.

Due to recent violence, the FSE put into effect security upgrades. These include metal detectors at entrances, security guards checking bags for weapons and other restricted items, as well as a limited curfew on weekend evenings for those under 21 years of age, according to local media reports.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and FSE security also upped the number of officers in the area.

As of now, the city of Las Vegas, which includes the FSE, does not allow those under 18 to be unaccompanied between 10 pm and 5 am on the following day between Sunday and Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, the existing curfew runs between midnight and 5 am on the following day.

On Monday, a City Council committee forwarded the proposed, more-restrictive curfew to the entire City Council for a review. FSE and LVMPD officials will present information to council members on the proposal.

But the Arts District likely would not fall under the curfew restrictions.

Curfew Not Needed in Arts District

One local business owner, Jason Taylor, proprietor of Nevada Brew Works, a brewery located in the Arts District, says the tougher curfew is not needed for that neighborhood, KVVU reported. It does not have the violence seen in and around Fremont Street.

“I have never seen any type of fight,” Taylor revealed to KVVU. “We have never reported any type of altercation or anyone pulling out a weapon.”

There has been nothing “like that on our property or on our premise. But I have heard stories very few and far between,” he added.

He worries, too, the negative impact a curfew would have on business in the Arts District.

“We wouldn’t want a curfew down here starting at 9 o’clock,” Taylor said. “We still have families with their kids who are hanging out.”

“We have a different base of customers than what you are going to get down on Fremont Street.”

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