Man shot and killed after fight at northeast valley meat market

Man shot and killed after alleged fight at northeast valley meat market (Gabby Hart | KSNV)

A man was shot and killed in the northeast valley Saturday afternoon after a fight inside a meat market.

The shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m. at 3975 E. Owens Ave. near North Sandhill Road. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says their suspect pulled into the plaza and started walking toward Cabana Food Market, when he got into argument with a stranger.

Once inside of the market, LVMPD says the men started throwing punches. The suspect went back to his car and tried to leave, but the victim approached the suspect's vehicle.

Another struggle ensued at the suspect’s car and the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim once in the chest. Paramedics pronounced him dead in the parking lot.

Officers say the suspect a black male in his 20’s or 30’s fled the scene in a dark colored and newer model Dodge Charger with chrome rims, there was a light-skinned black female on the passenger’s side.

News 3 asked LVMPD Lieutenant Dan Mcgrath if this could be self-defense since the victim approached the suspect’s car, but he replied that it’s highly unlikely that the case falls under self-defense.

"This victim looks like a smaller guy, he doesn't look intimidating by any means so to pull out a gun and shoot him it's concerning." Said Lt. Dan McGrath with Metro Police Department.

“If the person is not armed you can’t just shoot him, so self-defense cases are always tough,” said McGrath. “But I would say from what I know at this point, this is not going to be self-defense.”

McGrath says it does not appear that the two men knew each other before the incident and it’s not clear why they started arguing in the first place.

"Probably over nothing, some minor altercation, and it escalated to the point somebody lost their life." Said McGrath.

Chicago Jones is a regular at Cabana Food Market, and she says gun violence has become so common, it doesn't shock her anymore.

"This doesn't even shock people sometimes, there's just so much stress on a lot of people's shoulders and you never know when that breaking point for anyone will be, and a simple argument can be the end of your life", said Jones.

Jones says that for that reason, she doesn't go anywhere without her firearm.

"Do I carry? Yes I carry! And it's in my car and it's on me every single day because you never know what altercation is going to be your last altercation." Jones said.

Police are asking anyone with information to pick up the phone and call Metro police or call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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