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July 17, 2019

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Argument outside Las Vegas restaurant turns deadly

An argument between two men Tuesday night outside an east valley restaurant turned physical and then deadly when one of the men involved pulled out a gun and opened fire, according to Metro Police.

A passerby followed the possible suspect, and North Las Vegas Police took him into custody at a nearby neighborhood shortly after, said Lt. Ray Spencer in an online briefing.

Investigators were trying to confirm the detained man's involvement in the shooting, which was reported in a retail center in the 1500 block of North Eastern Avenue, near Owens Avenue, Spencer said late Tuesday.

The argument may have stemmed from money or drugs, Spencer said.

Shortly before 8 p.m., multiple witnesses saw the two men argue before a physical fight broke out, Spencer said. Sometime after, the suspect pulled out a gun and pumped several rounds.

Medics declared the victim dead at the scene, Spencer said.

A motorist in the area saw a man running away, called 911, and followed him to a nearby North Las Vegas neighborhood where officers, with the help of a Metro helicopter, tracked him down and put him in handcuffs without further incident, Spencer said.

The motorist kept such a distance that the man didn’t appear to know he was being followed, Spencer said.

Spencer reminded persons in the community to “be a good witness,” but “don’t get involved where you would put yourself in danger.”

The investigation was ongoing late Tuesday.