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LVMPD Unsure If Starbucks Slaying Suspect Knew Victim

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are investigating whether a 34-year-old ex-convict arrested in a weekend shooting at a coffee shop in Las Vegas knew the man he’s accused of killing.

Pedro J. Garcia was jailed Monday pending an initial court appearance on murder, robbery, burglary and weapon charges in the 11:30 a.m. Sunday shooting at a Starbucks in commercial center several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Officer Larry Hadfield says detectives are trying to determine if there’s a connection between Garcia and the 41-year-old man killed with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The name of the victim wasn’t immediately made public.

Hadfield says Garcia went into the store after his payment card was declined in the drive-thru.

The police spokesman says the victim wasn’t a coffee shop employee.

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