The day after Christmas is normally a time to relax and recuperate after spending time with family. However, a Las Vegas family spent this year mourning after a Walgreens clerk was shot to death.
Inside the Las Vegas Walgreens at 8500 W. Cheyenne Avenue, near Durango Drive, a male suspect arrived sometime between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. He was wearing gray pants, a gray shirt, a black pea coat, and a surgical mask.
The suspect proceeded to rob the Las Vegas drugstore and then take two clerks hostage in the back room, where the safe was located.
After getting the money out of the safe, at some time just after 5 a.m., the suspect shot the male clerk multiple times then took off. The other hostage, a woman, was not physically harmed.
The male clerk was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was identified by his family as 40-year-old Antonio Isnit. The Las Vegas community that the Walgreens is part of has described him as being a friendly and outgoing member of the morning shift, someone who treated people with respect and helped them start their day right.
Alex Medel, a repeat customer of that Las Vegas Walgreens, spoke of Isnit at his memorial on Saturday.
“[He was] hardworking and always reliable. I’m sure he’s going to be missed here, and my condolences go out to his family.”
All day Saturday, customers and Las Vegas residents honored Isnit with a flower and candle memorial outside of the store. Those customers didn’t have a single negative remark about the store or Isnit. Several people even took a knee and said a prayer for their pharmacy acquaintance.
It didn’t take long for police to identify 25-year-old Jin Ackerman as the alleged shooter. Just after 1 p.m., at his Las Vegas home, Ackerman was arrested by Metro SWAT officers. Authorities found a gun with a silencer attached. They believe it was the gun used in the shooting of Isnit as well as a second robbery at another Las Vegas Walgreens on December 24.
Jin Ackerman is currently held at the Clark County Detention Center. He faces charges including first-degree murder with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, burglary, and robbery.
The affected Walgreens closed Friday and reopened 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Staff from other Las Vegas Walgreens had to be brought in to deal with the high volume of customers drawn in by the memorial for Antonio Isnit.
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