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Bike-riding gunman shoots, kills 1 in central Las Vegas Valley

Updated April 5, 2017 - 12:38 pm

A man was shot dead outside a central valley business Tuesday night in the same place he fought with somebody about 12 hours earlier.

The shooting happened about 8:20 p.m. at 605 E. Twain Ave., just east of Paradise Road, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. David Gordon said.

The unidentified man was sitting with a bicycle outside of a business when another man on a bicycle rode up, shot him twice in the chest and continued riding through an alley, homicide Detective Lt. Dan McGrath said.

The man shot, believed to be between 35 and 45 years old, died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center about 9 p.m.

McGrath said the man got in a fight Tuesday morning with another person on a bike in the same spot where the shooting occurred. The man was arguing with the other person and then punched him in the face multiple times about 8 a.m. The person who was punched then pulled a gun, prompting the man to flee.

Detectives believe the person who pulled the gun earlier in the day returned and shot the man with a handgun, police said in a statement Wednesday morning.

Both the morning fight and the deadly evening shooting were caught on camera, McGrath said.

The shooting happened outside of Crown Liquor. The man shot was part of a group of people who were regularly seen around the businesses, workers told police.

The workers don’t know the names of anyone in the group, but they know they’re from nearby neighborhoods, McGrath said, adding police think the shooter was also from the area.

The shooter is described as a thin Hispanic man between 18 and 22. He was wearing a bandanna covering his face, sunglasses, black hat, blue jeans and a blue “letterman-type” jacket with white sleeves.

Fresh gang tags on a nearby wall prompted a gang unit response. McGrath said the area is known to police for its gang and drug issues, but the shooter’s motive isn’t clear.

“This sounds like a personal beef,” McGrath said, “over nothing, probably.”

The Clark County coroner’s office will identify the deceased once family have been notified.

It is the 50th homicide in Clark County and the 42nd investigated by Metro this year.

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