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Man fatally shot after attempting to shoplift, police say

Updated February 12, 2021 - 7:57 am

A man was shot outside a Las Vegas smoke shop after he was caught trying to shoplift, police said.

Officers were called at 6 p.m. to Sin City Smoke Shop, 2466 E. Desert Inn Road, near Eastern Avenue, after a panic alarm alerted police to a robbery attempt, according to Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Ray Spencer.

Investigators believe the man was caught attempting to shoplift, and he and another man got into a fight in the parking lot when one of them pulled out a gun and shot the other, Spencer said.

“Initial details that we’re getting is that the deceased was either a prior shoplifter or was suspected of shoplifting tonight or on a different occasion,” Spencer said. “But again, that’s very preliminary that we’ve been told from the employee at the scene.”

The victim was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center where he died.

Spencer said several people inside the store left after the shooting but before police arrived, so officers are seeking any witnesses who may have left.

Anyone with information may call Metro’s homicide section at 702-828-3521.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at sschnur@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0278. Follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter. Review-Journal reporter Alexis Ford contributed to this report.

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