Starbucks reopens after deadly shooting, victim identified

By Caroline Bleakley | cbleakley@8newsnow.com

Published 09/27 2016 12:40PM

Updated 09/27 2016 01:31PM

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A Las Vegas valley Starbucks reopened to the public Tuesday following a deadly shooting. Metro Police officers were inside the business to greet customers.

The store located at Warm Springs Road and Rainbow Boulevard has been closed since Sunday afternoon when 41-year-old Aleksandr Khutsishvili was killed.

According to the Clark County Coroner's Office, Khutsishvili's official cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest and his death was ruled a homicide.

Staff was back in the store Tuesday morning getting ready for the opening which happened around 12:30 p.m.

The alleged gunman 34-year-old Pedro Garcia is due in court Wednesday on murder, robbery, burglary and weapons charges.

Investigators say Garcia went into the store after his card was declined at the drive-through window and got into an argument with Khutsishvili and shot him.

"I just thought this guy was going to come in like a normal customer and buy a drink, but it just goes to show you , you need to be more aware," said William Wright, Starbucks employee.

Investigators say Garcia then left the business with the crowd and even called in a fake suspect description of the shooting suspect. Police quickly determined he was the suspect and arrested him.

Starbucks workers tell 8 News NOW the company is having a counseling session to help employees cope.

 

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