Clerk arrested for shooting alleged beer thief

LAS VEGAS -- A 7-Eleven clerk is under arrest on attempted murder charges after police say he shot and injured a man who was stealing beer from the store he works at.

Police arrested 55-year-old Mariano Tejeda-Zuniga on charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and possession of a stolen firearm.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning at a store on Maryland Parkway near Vegas Valley Drive. According to police, they were told about the shooting when a security officer from Sunrise Hospital called to report that a man with a gunshot wound to the head had arrived by a private car.

When police talked to the men who were with the victim, they explained that the victim was getting beer at the 7-Eleven store, when the clerk walked outside and shot him in the back of the head.

Police then went to the convenience store and talked to the clerk, identified by police as Mariano Tejeda-Zuniga. He told officers that the victim had tried to steal a 24 pack of beer from the store. When the victim walked out of the store, Tejeda-Zuniga followed him out.

The suspect said he pulled out a gun, which he had in his waistband and planned to shoot into the air to scare the victim, because he believed he had stolen beer from the store before.

Instead, when the suspect pulled the slide back to load a bullet, the gun went off. Tejeda-Zuniga told police he saw the victim fall to the ground, but he believed it was because of the sound of the gunshot, not because he had shot him.

The bullet hit the back of the victim's head under his right ear, entering the rear of his jaw.

After falling down, the victim got up and ran to his friend's nearby car. His friends drove him to Sunrise Hospital.


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