Self-Defense Claim Made In Fashion Show Shooting

Bail Was Set For Suspect On Thursday

Mitch Kelly
January 22, 2020 - 6:04 am
Electronic signs outside the Fashion Show mall on the Las Vegas Strip direct people to support Las Vegas by giving blood to the Red Cross in response to Sunday night's mass shooting at a music festival on October 3, 2017

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bail was set at $100,000 for an 18 year old man that police say wounded three people during an altercation at the Fashion Show Mall on Tuesday night

Christopher Valenzuela-Olivas made his first court appearance yesterday.

Police say Valenzuela-Olivas had gotten into some sort of altercation with another person while walking through the mall with a friend. They say he then pulled out a gun and fired shots, striking not only the other person involved in the altercation, but two innocent bystanders. None of the wounds were considered life-threatening.

Valenzuela-Olivas fled the mall but was arrested on Wednesday.

In court on Thursday, the attorney for Valenzuela-Olivas claimed self-defense. The judge presiding over the hearing called the actions reckless, saying it was extremely lucky that no one else was hurt.

In the chaotic scene from Tuesday night, some shoppers ran from the mall, while others dashed into stores and sheltered with employees in back rooms until police and mall security officials determined the shooting was an isolated incident and there was no further threat.