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Suspect in killing inside Las Vegas Starbucks identified

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Police at the scene of a hostage situation near Rainbow Boulevard and Warm Springs Road on Sept. 25, 2016. (Roger Bryner/FOX5) Police at the scene of a hostage situation near Rainbow Boulevard and Warm Springs Road on Sept. 25, 2016. (Roger Bryner/FOX5)
Pedro J. Garcia (Source: LVMPD) Pedro J. Garcia (Source: LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A 34-year-old man was identified as the gunman who opened fire on a person inside a southwest Las Vegas Starbucks on Sunday.

Police confirmed Pedro J. Garcia was the person arrested in connection to the shooting at the coffeehouse near Warm Springs Road and Rainbow Boulevard. According to a booking log, Garcia was booked on counts of open murder, robbery, burglary while in possession of a gun and discharging a gun into an occupied structure.

Las Vegas Metro police responded to a call of the shooting at 11:32 a.m.  Police said it was a very "confusing event" that involved a shooting. Officers initially treated it as a hostage and barricade situation.

Citing the preliminary investigation, police said the suspect went through the drive-thru at the Starbucks when his card was declined. The suspect then drove to another part of the building and entered the business agitated. The suspect fired  two shots in the air and then fired at a customer inside. 

The customer was struck in the chest area and witnesses administered CPR. Since officers treated the incident as a hostage situation there was a delay to get medical treatment to the victim. The victim was transported to Spring Valley Hospital where he or she died. 

Police said as people were evacuating the Starbucks it was unclear if the suspect exited or remained inside. The suspect called police and described a different shooter prior to his arrest.

A suspect, described as a Hispanic man approximately 30 to 40 years-old, was later detained, police said. The suspect had a criminal history and should not have been in possession of a gun, according to police.

Police said the suspect told officers there was a bomb inside his backpack. A bomb squad later deemed the item safe and said it was full of clothes. 

Police said the incident does not appear to be terror-related. According to a preliminary investigation, the shooting was preceded by a credit card decline in the drive-thru of the business. Police do not believe the suspect and victim were known to each other.

The Clark County Coroner's Office was assigned to identify the victim.

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