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Arrest Made in Las Vegas Bar Slaying

Arrest Made in Las Vegas Bar Slaying


Las Vegas police made an arrest Tuesday in the case of a bartender who was gunned down inside a gay bar early Monday morning.

Local ABC 13 is reporting that Tracy Kauffman flew from Knoxville, Tenn., to Las Vegas to confront his ex-boyfriend, Phil Wells, 29, who Kauffman felt had taken advantage of him. He showed up at Wells's place of business, The Garage, and allegedly shot him more than a dozen times.

According to the story, "Wells ran into a storeroom where Kauffman chased after him. Documents say the 50-year-old fired 15 more shots into Wells's back and head. He then reportedly reloaded his handgun and continued firing until his ammunition ran dry."

Two bar patrons called for help.

The victim's friends and family say Wells had worked for Kauffman in Knoxville. A romantic relationship evolved from there, but Wells eventually relocated to Las Vegas in order to distance himself from Kauffman.

"The guy was loved from here to Tennessee," said Garage regular Michael Miller. "It's just a very sad day for the community and for everyone."

Kauffman will face charges of murder with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon.

Read the full story here.

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