East valley father firing off fireworks dies in drive-by shooting

Richie Gaudio, 26, was killed on New Year's Eve in a drive-by shooting near Charleston and Nellis. (Photo provided)

An east valley father firing off fireworks on New Year's Eve ended up getting killed in a drive-by shooting.

Police say the bullets rang out in front of the victim's girlfriend at a home near Charleston and Nellis boulevards.

Kathleen Pulse says she tried to save the murder victim.

"OMG...oh...oh...oh! I don't know who shot him," said Pulse.

Pulse relives a terrible New Year's Eve she will always remember as the day she lost her friend and neighbor, 26-year-old Richie Gaudio.

"I came out here. I see his wife crying and she was on the telephone with the police. I went over there to try to save him," said Pulse. "I brought a tourniquet. The blood went right through him. I didn't know what to do."

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says on Sunday night, a drive-by shooter fired at least seven shots at Gaudio as he and his girlfriend and another friend lit fireworks. The shooting happened outside a home near Charleston and Nellis. Pulse claims she tried her best to save a friend she knew as a family man.

"He was a real nice guy. He loved his family. We just talked to him a day after Christmas. We just talked to him out there," said Pulse. "He just said how much he loved his family. He was able to give them all presents for Christmas."

Police do not know the motive behind the drive-by shooting. Detectives say Gaudio's girlfriend did not recognize the gunman who was driving a white or silver compact car.

The Clark County Coroner's Office confirmed Gaudio's identity and determined he died of multiple gunshot wounds, with the manner being ruled a homicide.

"It's terrible. They really need to be caught. They really need to be caught. A senseless death. I don't know who could do something like this," said Pulse.

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