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Man arrested in deadly shooting outside hookah lounge

Updated Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | 2:28 p.m.

Preston Emerson

Preston Emerson

A man suspected of fatally shooting one person and wounding three others last month after an argument in the parking lot of a hookah bar was arrested Tuesday, according to Metro Police.

Preston Emerson, 20, was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on a count of murder and three counts each of battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.

According to a police arrest report, the incident started with an argument in the parking lot of the Hookah Lounge, 5900 W. Flamingo Road, after the business closed.

The dispute appeared to end after a brief scuffle, with one man punching another in the face, the report said. But as a group of people dispersed, Emerson pulled out a gun, fired several shots and fled in a red SUV, the report said.

When police arrived about 5:30 a.m., four people were in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. One victim was shot in the buttocks, another in the calf and heel, and a third was shot in the wrist, hand, leg and pelvis, police said.

The fourth victim, Jean Claude Mombo, was shot in the torso and later died at University Medical Center, police said.

Witnesses and the victims identified Emerson as the suspected shooter through a souvenir photo taken of him at the club, authorities said.

Emerson is expected to appear in court at 8 a.m. Thursday.

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