A man who worked as a “loss prevention greeter” at a clothing store in Las Vegas suddenly “snapped” Saturday, grabbing a handgun from his car and firing a total of 16 shots, according to reports.
The ordeal started when the suspect, identified as Mohamed Mahmoud, 37, became angry when a customer removed a shopping cart from the store, against store rules, FOX 5 of Las Vegas reported.
Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank, of Las Vegas Metro police, called the fifth officer-involved shooting in seven days a “case of isolated workplace violence.” Adding, in each of the cases “our officers have been confronted by armed individuals willing to inflict harm on citizens and our officers,” Hank said.
37-year-old Mohamed Mahmoud at the Ross Dress for Less near Blue Diamond and Arville Street. 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 bags, FOX News reports.
Mahmoud grew 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.”
Mohamed Mahmoud then proceeded out to the parking lot to his personal vehicle, where he retrieved his firearm, he then turned back to the store and opened fire as he walked back to the store. Civilians in the parking lot then began to scream and run to cover as Mohamed kept firing towards the store as he approached.
Once inside, Mohamed Mahmoud fired a single round into the ceiling, he then proceeded to track down the manager and fired two more rounds at her. As the female manager was running for her life, he chased her and kept firing at her.
Shortly after the shooting began, law enforcement arrived on scene and Mahmoud traded shots with them, during the exchange an officer hit Mahmoud and he fell to the ground and was apprehended.
In all, Mahmoud fired 16 shots — eight inside the store and eight outside, police told the station.
Mahmoud faces 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, the report said.
When it was over, Mahmoud was in stable condition in a local hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound suffered in a shootout with police, authorities told FOX 5.