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Man charged in Chinatown shooting makes court appearance in Las Vegas

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Jan 06, 2022

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The man accused of shooting and critically injuring a waiter in Chinatown last month made his initial court appearance in a Las Vegas courtroom on Thursday.

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Rashawn Gaston-Anderson, 23, did not attend his first scheduled court appearance on Dec. 28, 2021, due to a medical issue, according to the court. He was also denied bail by the judge as he was arrested on a felony charge while out of custody on another charge.

Thursday, the 23-year-old was appointed a public defender and continued to be held without bail.

Gaston-Anderson was taken into custody thanks to a citizen tip, according to police, after a weeklong manhunt. He was identified as a possible suspect in the shooting that took place on Dec. 20, 2021.

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Chengyan Wang, the head waiter at ShangHai Taste in Chinatown, was working late cleaning the restaurant early on that morning when he was shot multiple times in what the restaurant's owner called a "senseless and vicious burglary attempt."

Wang continues his recovery after the incident and the Asian Chamber of Commerce established a GoFundMe to raise money for him and his family.

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Gaston-Anderson's next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 13.