Authorities are still looking for a second suspect in a deadly “road rage” shooting in Las Vegas that left a mother of four dead.
Erich Nowsch Jr., 19, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of murder in the death of Tammy Meyers. The suspect, who lived one block away from the Meyers family, was arrested after a two-hour standoff.
He has been charged with murder, attempted murder and illegal discharge of a gun, and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday, as his arrest raises new questions into the case.
While the shooting was initially described as a random road rage incident, Meyers knew Nowsch and, according to her husband, Bob Meyers, she even consoled him in the past.
“She was really good to him. She fed him, she gave him money,” Bob Meyers said after Thursday’s arrest.
Police said they only learned of the Meyers’ personal connection to Nowsch hours before the standoff, a connection that Bob Meyers discussed after Nowsch was arrested.
“We know this boy. I couldn’t tell you this before. He knew where I lived,” Bob Meyers told reporters outside his house Thursday. “We knew how bad he was, but we didn’t know he was this bad, that he’s gotten to this point.”
Nowsch’s arrest marks the latest twist in the case. Initially, police said Meyers, a nurse, was shot as a result of random road rage after giving her teenage daughter driving lessons. Later, authorities revealed, she went home after the encounter, rounding up her eldest son, Brandon, who grabbed a gun, and then searched for the driver. That’s when the suspect allegedly followed them home and shot Meyers in her driveway, police say.
She died Saturday at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Police said Nowsch was believed to be the only shooting suspect in the case, but police were still seeking another person involved. It is unclear whether Nowsch has a lawyer.