Las Vegas Boulevard shooting; three dead after gunfire on famous strip at Flamingo Road
KEN RITTER Associated Press
9:56 AM, Feb 21, 2013
5:09 PM, Feb 21, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Police now say only people in a black Range Rover were shooting at a Maserati before a crash on the Las Vegas Strip killed three and injured several others.
Sgt. John Sheahan says investigators don't think anyone in the sports car was shooting.
Police are looking for the distinctive black Range Rover with dark tinted windows and black rims that left the scene after the 4:30 a.m. Thursday crash at the intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas boulevards.
The Maserati crashed into a taxi that burst into flames.
Sheahan says five cars were involved. The Maserati driver, the taxi driver and a passenger in the cab were killed.
The intersection is surrounded by some of the most famous casinos on the Strip, including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace and Bally's.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
A gunfight between a Maserati and an SUV on the Las Vegas Strip caused a fiery crash at an intersection involving a taxi that burst into flames, leaving three people dead and at least three injured early Thursday, police said.
The Maserati driver, the taxi driver and a passenger in the cab were killed. The SUV got away.
In all, five vehicles were involved in the dramatic crash around 4:30 a.m. Thursday at Flamingo and Las Vegas boulevards, a wide intersection surrounded by some of the most famous casinos on the Strip, including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace and the Paris.
It started with people in the Maserati and the SUV exchanging gunfire before the high-end sports car hit the taxi, said Sgt. John Sheahan. Three other vehicles were involved in the wreck, but the SUV was gone when police arrived, Sheahan said.
Several people were taken to the hospital, including a passenger from the Maserati. Four were taken to University Medical Center. Hospital spokeswoman Danita Cohen said three were treated and released, while one person remained in the hospital. Their condition was not released.
The intersection is expected to be closed for hours as officers investigate.
A tourist who witnessed the aftermath of the crash told KLAS-TV the burning taxi looked like a fireball.
More people may be hurt, Sheahan said.
It's the latest in a series of violent actions on the 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.
A spokesman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Jeremy Handel, said his organization didn't immediately have a comment on the incident and deferred to the police unit that patrols the tourism district.
Associated Press writer Michelle Rindels contributed to this report.