Published Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 | 12:58 p.m.
Updated Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 | 5:36 p.m.
A man who died Thanksgiving Day after a possibly drug-related shooting in the parking lot of a pharmacy in northwest Las Vegas has been identified.
The Clark County Coroner's Office said 19-year-old McClain Kenton Zornes of Las Vegas died from a gunshot wound to the chest and ruled it a homicide, a spokeswoman said. Lionel Collins III, 20, has been arrested in connection with his death.
The shooting happened about 1 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of CVS pharmacy, 7190 West Craig Road, at the intersection of Tenaya Way, Metro Police said.
Zornes, who was wounded after several shots were fired, died while trying to leave the parking lot in his vehicle, police said. He drove off, struck a tree and flipped his car.
Metro detectives interviewed a passenger inside the purple, two-door Chevrolet Cavalier that Zornes had been driving. He told police that Zornes had gone to the CVS parking lot to meet a man who had asked to buy one ounce of marijuana, according to the arrest report.
The passenger with Zornes got out of the car and smoked a cigarette while a tall man, later identified as Collins, got into the passenger's seat, the police report said. A fight ensued, starting with a struggle between Zornes and Collins, which spilled into the parking lot as the passenger wrestled the man out of the car. Zornes held onto the man by his hair as Collins tried to get out of the car, then knocked the bag containing marijuana out of his hand, according to a police report.
As Zornes backed out of a parking space and began to drive south, Collins fired once into the car and Zornes continued driving before losing consciousness, police said. The car hit a curb and then a tree before coming to a stop.
Metro's Criminal Apprehension Team stopped a car near Warm Springs Road and Durango Drive, finding a man matching the description of the gunman in the parking lot shooting, police said. The passenger in Zornes' car was identified as Collins.
Collins has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center in connection with murder with a deadly weapon, burglary while possessing a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon, discharging a gun into a vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon. He is being held without bail.