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ONLY ON 13: Witness speaks out about deadly shooting in gun range parking lot

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Posted at 9:15 PM, Feb 09, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A witness to the deadly shooting in the parking lot of The Range 702 is speaking out exclusively to 13 Action News.

“He violently stabbed the police officer’s face, I can still see it,” said Kris Chanski, the general manager of The Range 702.

ORIGINAL STORY: Officer, citizens shoot man after alleged screwdriver attack near gun range

“I don’t know if I would be alive right now if there were not trained professionals and officers around me last week," she said, "and I don’t know if that officer would be alive either.”

One police officer and two gun range employees opened fire last Wednesday after Las Vegas police say 27-year-old Marvon Payton Jr. attacked another officer with a screwdriver.

Payton was killed.

On Monday, Las Vegas Police commended those employees efforts to defend officers, and said that their help may have saved the officer’s life.

RELATED: New details found in Payton Jr.’s alleged violent past

Chanski says her employees had mere seconds to react to what was unfolding, but the quick thinking is something she says gun professionals train for.

“We had training and procedures in place that still kept all of these employees safe, all the patrons safe,” said Chanski.

Chanski says this incident was isolated and should also show the life-saving importance of gun training and self-defense.

“A lot of time we’re giving that training and instruction, and a lot of time the people who come to us are people come into us after these kind of traumatic events or have been attacked,” said Chanski.