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Central Las Vegas adult store employee shoots, kills 1

Updated June 9, 2017 - 10:55 pm

Las Vegas police are investigating after a part-time security guard shot and killed a man inside an adult store Friday night just west of the Strip.

Officers responded about 7 p.m. to the shooting at Adult World, 3781 Meade Ave., near South Valley View Boulevard, Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Dan McGrath said. The man killed was someone who had previously been banned from the business.

Before the shooting, the man pulled up to the adult store in an Uber, which he had hailed from a different valley location. The man then asked the Uber driver to wait outside the business for a few minutes until he was done inside.

But once the man walked inside, the guard recognized him, McGrath said. Employees told police the man had previously destroyed property inside the business and knew he was not welcome.

“He wasn’t trying to rob the place,” McGrath said near the scene late Friday.

Upon recognizing the man, the guard asked him to leave several times, police said, but the man refused. A fight ensued, during which the guard, who was in his 50s or 60s, was “badly beaten,” McGrath said.

The fight lasted several minutes. The man, who was tall and weighed about 250 pounds, continuously struck the guard in the head, police said.

The guard ultimately drew his weapon and shot the man once in the chest, police said, noting he had a concealed weapons permit.

The man shot was taken to University Medical Center, where he died. The guard stayed on scene and cooperated with police, as did the Uber driver, who was still parked outside when the shooting occurred.

At least two other people were inside the store at the time of the shooting, police said. No one else was injured.

As of Friday night, the guard had not been arrested. Detectives continue to investigate.

The county coroner will name the man killed once relatives have been notified. Police noted he had a driver’s license from Hawaii.

Contact Rachel Crosby at rcrosby@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @rachelacrosby on Twitter.

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