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Las Vegas police share video of suspected gunman who shot waiter at Chinatown restaurant

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Posted at 2:21 PM, Dec 21, 2021
and last updated 2022-12-13 20:29:47-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police updated their investigation into a shooting that happened earlier this week at a restaurant in Chinatown.

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A man was shot multiple times and critically injured at the ShangHai Taste restaurant on Spring Mountain Road early Monday morning.

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Owners of the restaurant say their lead waiter was trying to stop a "senseless and vicious burglary attempt" when he was shot seven times.

Tuesday, authorities held a press conference at 2 p.m. and said their investigation continues.

The shooter was not immediately apprehended and police say he was last seen wearing a blue hooded jacket with white jogging pants with black pull-up socks.

Authorities say they don't believe Monday's incident to be a hate crime and the incident appears to be related to a recent burglary in the Shanghai Plaza.

An LVMPD crime map of the immediate area around the Shanghai Plaza shows dozens of calls for service over the last six months ranging from auto burglaries to disturbing the peace, but no violent incidents before Monday’s shooting. Police say there’s no rise in violence in Chinatown.

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“Spring Valley area command specifically is down 13%. In Chinatown, we’ve maintained a rather consistent level of violent crime. We constantly work to ensure the safety of our residents, especially in Chinatown," LVMPD Capt. Michelle Tavarez said.

Proceeds from the restaurant for the remainder of the year will be donated to support the staff member and his family, according to the owners.

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