Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank (right), of Las Vegas Metro police, called the fifth officer-involved shooting in seven days a “case of isolated workplace violence.” Hank said on Saturday the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Mohamed Mahmoud (below), was working as a “loss prevention greeter” (Huh? Is that the new PC term for security guard?) at the Ross Dress for Less near Blue Diamond and Arville Street.
FOX5Vegas (h/t Gary F) Citing store policy, Hank said customers are not allowed to take carts out of the store. However, a customer left her cart near the entrance as she went to retrieve her car to load her purchases. Mahmoud got angry because the customer left the cart near the front and a store manager told him to stop complaining over the employee radio system.
He approached the manager and they got into an argument. Another employee attempted to intervene, at which point Mahmoud took his work vest off, threw it down and pointed at the employees stating, “I’ll kill you both.”
Mahmoud then left the store, walked out to his vehicle and retrieved his handgun. As Mahmoud walked back towards the store he fired in the parking lot causing people to run for cover. He entered the store and fired a round into the ceiling. Then, he tracked down the manager and fired two more rounds at her. He walked back towards the front of the store and fired five more rounds in the direction of the manager, who was running.
By 4:14 p.m. dispatchers received numerous 911 calls from people reporting an active shooter at the store, Hank said. The first officer arrived at 4:17 p.m. as Mahmoud exited the store. Mahmoud fired several rounds at the arriving officer. Officer Bryon Bunitsky arrived by 4:19 p.m. and Mahmoud also fired at him.
Officer Bunitsky exited his vehicle and took cover behind a palm tree over 50 yards away from Mahmoud. Approximately five seconds later, Bunitsky fired five rounds at Mahmoud (photo below), striking him once in the hip which caused him to fall to the ground. Two off-duty Metro officers and an off-duty Nye County Sheriff’s deputy were nearby and helped take Mahmoud into custody.
Mahmoud was taken to University Medical Center where he underwent surgery and is “stable,” Hank said. Mahmoud was booked in absentia for five counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a protected person, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and discharging a firearm in an occupied structure.