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Coroner identifies victim of shooting at Las Vegas Starbucks

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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)

The Clark County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified the victim of a deadly shooting at a Las Vegas Starbucks coffee shop as 41-year-old Alexander Khutsishvili, of Las Vegas.

Khutsishvili’s cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound of the chest, and a homicide.

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Las Vegas Metro police earlier this weekend said an investigation revealed the shooting may have been prompted by a confrontation over a declined debit or credit card.

Police believe the suspect, 34-year-old Pedro J. Garcia, went through the drive-thru at the Starbucks located in the area of Warm Springs Road and Rainbow Boulevard after 11 a.m. Sunday.

When his card was declined, police said, he entered the business, agitated. He then fired two shots in the air and fired on Khutsishvili.

Khutsishvili was taken to Spring Valley Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Garcia was eventually detained and told officers there was a bomb in his backpack. A search only turned up clothing.

It’s not believed Khutsishvili and Garcia knew one another.

According to Garcia's arrest report, about 11:35 a.m., police received a 911 call from a man who identified himself as Garcia. He said he had shot a person at a Starbucks. During the call, the dispatcher could hear someone moaning as Garcia said, "Go for it, Dog. I'm not gonna tell you again; play cowboy with me, Dog." 

Additional 911 calls were made, and police determined the shooting occurred at the Starbucks located at 7260 S. Rainbow Blvd. 

Dispatch remained on the line with Garcia, and he said that his gun had jammed. Garcia was instructed to exit the Starbucks and make contact with officers. Garcia was taken into custody. 

Detectives interviewed a Starbucks employee who said she took an order from a man in the drive-thru. She noticed the microchip reader from his credit card had been removed. The card didn't work, but the man had already opened the bottle of water. He then entered the store and took a seat in the lobby. About five minutes later, the employee heard three or four gunshots. 

That employee later identified Garcia as the man she encountered in the drive-thru and coffee shop. 

Police additionally interviewed a man who sells newspapers outside the Starbucks on Sundays. He said the man was armed with a semi-automatic handgun that he racked several times. The man instructed him to "get down." 

Inside the Starbucks, homicide detectives located a .22 caliber Walther P22 semi-automatic handgun, two cartridge cases, one cartridge and one small caliber bullet. A bullet hole was located in a wall. Detectives said the evidence was consistent with three shots having been fired. A records check indicated the gun had not been stolen but that it was not registered. 

Police said a records check indicated Garcia is a five-time convicted felon. His charges include felon in possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, attempted theft, battery with substantial bodily harm and possession of a stolen vehicle. 

When detectives interviewed Garcia, he said he hadn't taken any drugs that day but had consumed three beers. He said he drove to the Starbucks with his grandfather's truck where he ordered a water. His credit card was declined at the drive-thru and he entered the business. While inside Starbucks, Garcia said, he saw a man stand up who appeared to "have something." He said an unknown man then shot the man, and Garcia fled. 

Garcia was charged with murder with a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary with a firearm, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

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