LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The man accused of shooting and killing two people within five days is dead after he committed suicide in the Las Vegas valley, according to 8 News Now sources.

On Feb 20 just before 5:15 p.m., Metro police responded to a report of a unresponsive woman inside a residence in the 1100 block of Andorra Street near St. Rose Parkway and Bermuda Road.

When officers arrived they found a woman, identified as Jessica Russo, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Russo was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Feb. 25, Metro police identified Mark Michael Ford, 36, as the suspect in the case. Police asked for the public’s assistance in finding him as he was considered armed and dangerous.

Mark Michael Ford (LVMPD)

Around 12:15 a.m. Sunday, police received reports of gunshots in the 7000 block of North Hualapai Way.

At the scene of Sunday morning’s shooting, crime scene tape littered a Dotty’s parking lot near Hualapai and Elkhorn.

When officers arrived they found a man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the parking lot. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Metro police were able to quickly identify Ford as the suspect in the shooting.

Jeffrey Dietsch lives with his girlfriend at an apartment building nearby.

“I woke up and I heard a pop. She said it was a probably a gunshot, and I said it was most likely a firework or something,” Dietsch said. “She said she heard two gun shots and then a scream.”

Detectives were also able to determine that the two victims knew each other.

Police later located Ford and his vehicle. Sources tell 8 News Now that Ford died from self-inflicted injuries.

Court records show Ford was on parole at the time after being sentenced to life in prison back in 2003 for second-degree murder.

Jessica Russo’s mother, Laura Russo, told 8 News Now that she was concerned for the safety of her family knowing that the murderer was on the loose.

“He murdered my daughter like a monster. He should’ve never gotten out of prison. He’s a monster,” Laura Russo said. “You can never replace a mother. Even by a grandmother, you can’t replace a mother,” she said of Jessica’s children who she left behind.

A GoFundMe was created to raise money for Jessica’s funeral.

“We have to go to New York to go bury my mom. We have to say goodbye unfortunately to her,” her 11-year-old daughter Adriana Felix said. “That was my mom. That was my best friend. That was my whole life.”


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