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Friends torn apart after deadly shooting killing one

Friends of Derrian Contreras (the man on right) say he was shot and killed outside Northwest home near Rainbow and Alexander. Man on left is still in critical condition. (Antonio Castelan | KSNV)

A double shooting over the weekend at a northwest neighborhood has torn apart two friends.

LVMPD says a gunman fired on two men. One died and the other is at UMC Hospital.

The murder victim’s friend said, "Derrian was always a humble man and a very good friend of ours. He loved everybody. Everybody loved him. He will be cherished in our hearts and all in our souls."

Friends of 22-year-old Derrian Contreras mourn his loss days after he was shot and killed in a northwest neighborhood Saturday afternoon near Rainbow Boulevard and West Alexander Road.

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Police say Derrian and his friend Larry Mitchell were shot as they stood outside the home. Mitchell is still recovering at UMC hospital.

Louise Baca's father heard the gunfire. He said "He was just fixing my door when the shots happened, so everybody had to run in the house. I was scared for the safety of my children."

Metro homicide detectives say the gunman just walked up to Derrian and his friend and started firing as several kids played basketball on the street.

Witnesses say the suspected gunman was a young black man wearing blue jeans, a blue backpack, and a gray hoodie.

Investigators believe the victims were targeted and the motive might have been tied to drugs.

Derrian's friend over the phone says it's important the murderer is caught.

"It’s very important because we lost a family friend. We all lost a family member," said Derrian's friend.

Derrian's loved ones say he was just playing video games at the house when the gunman confronted him. The 22-year-old leaves behind a child.

"You can't bring life back. You leave children without parents. Parents without children by leaving people. No that doesn't bring you any peace," said Baca.

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