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Las Vegas Man Faces Gun Charges After Firing on Shoplifter

A Las Vegas man has been jailed for opening fire on a truck he believed to be carrying a shoplifter. As the Associated Press reports, Stephen Howard, 44, has been charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit and discharging a firearm due to the incident.

According to Las Vegas police, Howard opened fire on the pickup truck after witnessing a scuffle at a Target store off Blue Diamond Road. Howard had just seen the shoplifting suspect struggle with a security guard before racing off in a gold Toyota Tundra. He then opened fired at the truck as it fled the scene.

It is unclear whether anyone was hurt in the incident, but Howard was nonetheless charged with felony weapons charges. He also had outstanding traffic warrants. If convicted of discharging a firearm (NRS 202.285), Howard could be facing the following penalties:

  • Maximum 6 years in prison
  • Maximum fine of $5,000

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