Man, Wife Killed in Deadly Las Vegas Law Firm Shooting

Law enforcement in Las Vegas responded to an office building in the affluent Summerlin neighborhood last Monday after a gunman shot and killed two people before taking his own life, the Associated Press reported.

The shooting occurred in the offices of the Prince Law Group on the morning of April 8 during a deposition hearing in a child custody case.

In a press conference later that day, Las Vegas Police homicide Lt. Jason Johansson said the shooter, whom he did not identify, shot and killed a man in his fifties and a woman in her thirties.

The other seven people in the conference room, including a court reporter, were able to escape and call the police, Johansson said.

He told reporters that it appeared that the two victims had been specifically targeted.

While authorities did not release the names of the victims or shooter, CBS News reported that a friend identified the victims as attorney Dennis Prince and his wife, Ashley.

Robert Eglet told CBS News that Dennis Prince was representing his wife in a custody battle with her former husband Dylan Houston. According to Eglet, the shooter was Houston’s attorney in the case, his father Joe Houston.

Prince Law Group confirmed in a statement that night that the shooting took place in its offices on the fifth floor of the Summerlin office building. The firm offered its thanks to those who had “reached out” to express their sympathy and concern following the “tragic violence” that morning.

According to Lt. Johansson, investigators searched the Joe Houston’s red Ford Expedition which was parked outside of the six-story office building. Johansson refused to say what investigators found during the search.

On April 9, the Clark County Coroner officially identified the victims as 57-year-old Dennis Prince and 30-year-old Ashley Prince. Both died from multiple gunshot wounds. The gunman, 77-year-old Joseph Houston died by suicide.