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Employees on edge after fatal shooting in business complex

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Jul 11, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 11, 2014

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A 47-year-old man is dead after North Las Vegas police said he was shot at a business near Cheyenne and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

On Friday just after 9 a.m., dispatch received the report of a fight inside of a business.

Arriving officers found a man in extremely critical condition lying on the ground inside the business with multiple gunshot wounds. Medical personnel transported the man to UMC Trauma where he died.

The preliminary investigation indicated the shooting victim reportedly entered the business and started a physical fight with a 43-year-old employee. A 53-year-old employee pulled a gun and shot the man. The 43-year-old man sustained non-life threatening injuries and was not transported to a hospital.

Investigators believe the men knew each other and this was not a random act of violence. No arrests have been and detectives continue to investigate the case.

"I was putting a stamp on an envelope and I heard a lot of metal clanging, like pipes falling over, and I heard a lot of yelling. Then next thing I know, 5 shots," said Howard Chatt who works next door.

It was a typical morning for Chatt, until a bullet went zinging by him, just two feet away. He knew something happened in the business next door when he saw the bullet hole through his bathroom wall, through a Lysol bottle, then through the door he was standing next to.

"I looked out the door and three people nonchalantly exited the building and walked to their vehicles."

Chatt doesn't know the name of the man who works next door. Several of the units are rented by the month, and there's a lot of turnover. But he said he seemed totally normal, and was comfortable asking what happened.

"He said, 'They've been threatening us, that's why I came armed today.'"

Several people at area businesses told Action News that leading up to the shooting, a suspicious car had been lingering in the parking lot, and when the driver would see they'd been noticed, they would leave and then come back later.

"It's somebody looking for something, because we don't have that kind of traffic here. This is strictly a business, industrial area. So, you see strange vehicles, you know something is wrong."

Business owners said at least three calls went to police to report that a suspicious car had come back to the area after the shooting, and police did check it out while Action News was there.

The victim's name has not been released.

Jacqui Heinrich

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter for Action News.