- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A shooting in a building housing a Nevada agency that hears disabled worker claims apparently stemmed from an 11-year compensation case, and the 73-year-old suspected shooter apparently waited for the hearing advocate who was shot, according to a police report made public Tuesday.

Witnesses and a security guard told investigators that Leonard Sullivan, dressed in a brown suit, eyeglasses and a hat, supported himself with a cane before and after the Monday morning shooting in a lobby outside the Nevada Attorney for Injured Workers office several blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Michael Kogler remained hospitalized Tuesday at nearby University Medical Center after being shot once in the chest. Police said he was expected to survive.

Kogler and several other witnesses identified Sullivan as Kogler’s assailant, police said in the report.

Kogler couldn’t immediately be reached Tuesday. An official with his employer, Alverson Taylor Mortensen & Sanders, didn’t immediately respond to a message.

Kogler told Las Vegas police he was a former claims adjuster for a Las Vegas resort, and knew Sullivan from a 2003 worker’s compensation claim filed after Sullivan said he tripped over a luggage cart at a hotel.

Police said records showed that Sullivan had filed numerous claims and had been in the hearing office several times in recent years.

One man told police he ducked into his office when he saw the man in a brown suit point a gun at another man, then looked out his office window to see the man fire the gun.

An attorney who passed Sullivan on an upstairs landing later said he believed he was waiting for someone. The attorney, John Lavery, told police he heard a shot and saw Sullivan standing over Kogler with the gun still in his hand. Lavery took off his own shirt and pressed it against Kogler’s chest to stem the bleeding until paramedics arrived, police said.

A security guard, William Copeland, told police that after he handcuffed Sullivan, Sullivan told him that the man who had been shot had been “messing” him over for 10 years.

Police said they confiscated a silver Smith & Wesson .38-caliber handgun with one bullet fired and another bullet still in the revolver.

Sullivan refused to talk with investigators.

Sullivan was being held Tuesday without bail at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending an initial court appearance. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.


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