Feb 21, 2013 Comments Off on Updated:CA, AZ, UT Cops Join Search For Black Range Rover That Started Vegas Strip Shootout littlebytes
Law enforcement in CA, AZ and UT are on the lookout for a black Range Rover involved in a shootout that left three dead in a fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning.
A local rapper, Kenny Clutch, see his rap video below, has been identified as the man killed while driving the Silver Maserati after he was shot and ran into a taxi cab, killing two victims in the cab.
Update USA Today:
Las Vegas rapper Kenneth Cherry, known as Kenny Clutch, was identified as one of the victims, police told the Las Vegas Review Journal.
A Maserati driven by the rapper was the target of the drive-by shooting on the Strip early Thursday that left Cherry and two innocent bystanders dead. Las Vegas police said several occupants of a black Range Rover fired into the Maserati at about 4:30 a.m. at Las Vegas Boulevard South and Flamingo Road following a dispute in the valet parking area of the Aria hotel.
Sgt. John Sheahan said the driver of the Maserati was fatally shot and a passenger in Clutch’s car suffered an arm injury and was taken to University Medical Center, where he was cooperating with investigators.
Las Vegas Police Captain Chris Jones updates the media on the fiery crash and the shootout on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning.
Police are still searching for occupants of a Black Range Rover with large black rims, paper dealer plates and tinted windows involved in fiery crash with a silver Maserati in a high speed rolling shoot out early Thursday morning in Las Vegas. Two people died at the scene, including the taxi driver, a passenger and the driver of the Maserati. A passenger in the Maserati was taken to University Medical Center. Police don’t know how many people were in the Range Rover, but the suspects are believed to be several adult males and are still at large.
Call Las Vegas Police Department if you have any information 385-5555.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
The NY Daily News reports:
Three people were killed and a gunman was on the loose Thursday morning after a shooting involving two luxury cars on the Strip ended with a fiery crash.
STEVE MARCUS/LAS VEGAS SUN VIA REUTERS
Police are still looking for a Range Rover with paper plates that they believe fired the shots at another car on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday.
A black Range Rover with several occupants fired shots at people inside a Maserati, said Las Vegas Metropolitan police Sgt. John Sheahan. Police initially believed the two cars were engaged in a gun battle, but later said they don’t believe the sports car returned fire.
The Maserati slammed into a taxi during the chaos, Sheahan said.
…The crash was apparently violent enough to set the taxi ablaze. A tourist who witnessed the aftermath of the crash told CBS affiliate KLAS-TV that the burning taxi looked like a fireball.
The cause of the shooting was under investgation, although early reports said it could be related to a nightclub feud that spilled onto the Strip.
Meanwhile, the four injured were taken to University Medical Center, although three of them were soon released, said ABC affiliate KTNV.
The shooting prompted police to close Las Vegas Boulevard from Caesar’s Palace to the Paris Las Vegas. The wreckage at the scene looked like a movie set, with mangled cars littering the street.
The remains of a multi-car accident was being investigated Thursday as officials had to close part of Las Vegas Boulevard after a fiery shooting.
The panicked scene was the latest in a series of violent actions on the Sin City tourist corridor since the beginning of the year. Two people were critically wounded in a shooting at a parking garage Feb. 6, and a tourist was stabbed in an elevator at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay Feb. 16.
Las Vegas Police Officer Jose Hernandez acknowledged that the Strip has seen several violent incidents in recent weeks but said police have made arrests or identified suspects in each case.
“People don’t have to worry,” he said. “This is an unusual occurrence, as tragic as it may be.”
Sheahan said police have video from traffic cameras at the intersection and were checking whether the shooting might have been sparked by an altercation at a nightclub.
“We have a lot of pieces to put together to establish a timeline as to why this confrontation occurred,” Sheahan said. “We have numerous detectives checking resorts on the Strip south of this intersection.”
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