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Coroner identifies woman killed during robbery

Posted at 1:33 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 16:33:08-05
UPDATE: The Clark County coroner has identified the deceased as 45-year-old Veronica N. Clay. Her city of residence is unknown. Cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest and her death was ruled a homicide. 
Police are investigating after finding a woman shot to death outside of a valley doctor's office.
Detectives believe a robbery went wrong and the medical assistant shot a woman after two suspects pistol whipped the doctor, trying to get their hands on drugs and money.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say it all began inside the office of Dr. Theodore Thorpe near Charleston Boulevard and Rancho Drive. 
According to police, a male and female suspect barged into the office during an appointment around 7:15 p.m. That's when police say the two suspects pushed the doctor, patient, and medical assistant into a room and started ransacking the business and pistol whipping the doctor.
Trying to stop the situation, the medical assistant ran to his car to get his own gun and that's when he saw the suspects coming down the steps. Police say he shot at them, hitting the woman who began taking off her clothes. The male suspect ran off before police could get there.
The female was taken to University Medical Center alive but died of her injuries. Now police are trying to track down that male suspect, who is possibly shot and bleeding.
"There's a scene inside, there's a scene outside, there's blood around the building, there's blood across the street and down in that vacant lot over there, so it's quite a big scene both inside and outside," said Lieutenant Dan McGrath of Metro Police.
The doctor was taken to UMC with facial injuries; neither the patient nor the medical assistant were injured.
Police say the deceased female suspect was a black adult woman, possibly a former patient.
Police have not released much of a description for the male except that he was wearing a ski mask and is possibly injured.
Right now hospitals across the valley are on the lookout for a man coming in with a gunshot wound.