93-year-old opens fire at apartment complex office wounding one employee before being taken into custody
93-year-old Las Vegas man charged with numerous counts, including attempted murder with a deadly weapon that was caught on the surveillance camera, the footage of which was later released by the police.
The incident unfolded last Thursday. Robert Thomas is seen walking into his residence complex’s leasing office and talking to one of the employees, later identified as a maintenance worker. The subject of Thomas’ complaints were “water damage and flooding within his apartment.”
Then Thomas reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out a handgun, which is Glock .9mm, according to police. Another employee, a woman who is sitting next to the two, calls the police and tells the despatcher that Thomas is “making verbal threats.”
Afterwards Thomas fires one round and hits the office computer. The woman then convinces Thomas to let her go and leaves the building. The video shows that Thomas continues with the firing his gun and makes one more shot, now at the man, who collapses in pain on the ground. Then one more round follows when Thomas stands over the wounded man, video shows.
The officers responded to the 911 call arrived quickly and had time to arrest Thomas right after his last shot was made. Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman said, an officer shot at Thomas and shattered a glass door, but the bullet went through the lapel of Thomas’ jacket without penetrating his skin. The old gunman obeys when the officer orders him to drop the gun.
Thomas cut his head while being taking into custody. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Both victim and Thomas were taken to the hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released.
Police say, before the last week incident Thomas didn’t have any criminal records. And now he is charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon, kidnapping with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm within a structure, burglary with a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.
He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center, with his bail set at $25,000.