Declined card preceded deadly shooting at Las Vegas Starbucks
LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Metro police said a deadly shooting at a southwest area Starbucks may have stemmed from a confrontation over a declined card, KVVU reported.
Police responded to the call at 11:32 a.m. at the business near Warm Springs Road and Rainbow Boulevard. Police said it was a very “confusing event” that involved a shooting. Officers initially treated it as a hostage and barricade situation.
Citing the preliminary investigation, police said the suspect went through the drive-thru at the Starbucks when his card was declined. The suspect then drove to another part of the building and entered the business agitated. The suspect fired two shots in the air and then fired at a customer inside.
The customer was struck in the chest area and witnesses administered CPR. Since officers treated the incident as a hostage situation there was a delay to get medical treatment to the victim. The victim was transported to Spring Valley Hospital where he or she died.
Police said as people were evacuating the Starbucks it was unclear if the suspect exited or remained inside. The suspect called police and described a different shooter prior to his arrest.
A suspect, described as a Hispanic man approximately 30 to 40 years-old, was later detained, police said. The suspect had a criminal history and should not have been in possession of a gun.
Police said the suspect told officers there was a bomb inside his backpack. A bomb squad later deemed the item safe and said it was full of clothes.
Police said the incident does not appear to be terror-related.
Nearby roadways were blocked off during the investigation.
Motorists were urged to avoid the area.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office will later release the identity of the victim after next of kin have been notified.
Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect or mugshot