Woman Arrested for Fatally Shooting Three Roommates After Argument

Janita Kan
By Janita Kan
December 24, 2017US News
Woman Arrested for Fatally Shooting Three Roommates After Argument
Police tape. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

A Las Vegas woman was arrested by police after fatally shooting three people at a house described as a “problem house” on Dec. 22, according to authorities.

Christine Sanchez, 47, had been in an ongoing argument with her three roommates. Two men and one woman arrived at the property and an argument ensued with Sanchez.

During the dispute, the 47-year-old produced a handgun and shot at her three roommates seven to eight times, reported the Las Vegas Sun.

Police arrived at the property on Del Santos Drive at around 1:30 p.m. to find three bodies: the woman in the bedroom and two men in another, Lt. Dan McGrath told the newspaper. Sanchez had fled the property before the police arrived.

Sanchez was later arrested near the 700 block of Digger Street and charged with three counts of open murder with a deadly weapon.

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Christine Sanchez (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

According to authorities, as many as eight people were at the property at the time of the shooting. McGrath described the crime scene as a “crash house” where people come and go and a “problem house on the street that everyone is aware of.” He added that officers have responded to the address at least a dozen times this year, reported the Las Vegas Sun.

Sanchez was already known to authorities for another murder case which was dismissed earlier this year, reported the newspaper. Police alleged that she shot and killed 52-year-old Bonnie Rice at a North Las Vegas apartment in 2014.

A couple of months before Rice’s death, Sanchez was arrested on one count each of domestic battery and attempted murder with a deadly weapon, reported the newspaper citing court documents. However, those charges were dismissed the following month.

Clark County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the victims and cause of death at a later date.



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