LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner identified Joseph Smith, 42, as the man killed in a shootout on Tropicana Avenue the morning of April 22. His death was ruled a homicide, caused by multiple gunshot wounds.
The incident occurred in the parking lot of a restaurant on Tropicana, west of Fort Apache Road.
According to Metro Lt. Ray Spencer, police received multiple calls around 2 a.m. about the shooting. When police arrived at the parking lot they found Smith, who was dead and multiple gun casings.
Police said a man and woman were eating in the parking lot of In-N-Out restaurant when they were approached by two men. Lt. Spencer said those men got into an argument with the man who was eating.
“At some point gunfire was exchanged between the deceased male and the male who was having dinner in the parking lot. At this point, we know more than 15 rounds were exchanged in the parking lot,” Spencer said.
Police said the couple left the scene and did call police to report the shooting. Police are investigating if the shooting was in self-defense.
In addition, the woman of the man who died, showed up at the parking lot and removed her boyfriend’s gun from the scene.
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Metro police are still trying to determine exactly what led up to the shooting. They are also investigating if an attempted burglary at a nearby gun store is related.
One man was seen running from the shooting scene and police are trying to locate him.