Strip Shootout Began At Aria
(Las Vegas, NV) — Three people died and several others were injured in what police call a ‘rolling gun fight’ on the Strip in the predawn hours.
Police are looking for a black Range Rover with paper dealer plates. They believe gunshots from the vehicle struck and killed a person in a Maserati, which sped through the intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard, striking a taxi which burst into flames. Two people in the Desert Cab taxi were killed.
The driver of the Maserati who was killed has been identified as Kenneth Cherry Jr. He was an aspiring rap artist from Oakland. He was 27 years old. His friends say he was close with rap mogul Suge Knight.
Police say law enforcement throughout Nevada and neighboring states are looking for the Range Rover. And Sheriff Doug Gillespie has told a news briefing that the incident began as an altercation in the valet parking area of the Aria hotel and Casino. Police believe shots were fired or exchanged as the two vehicles made their way down the Strip from Harmon to Flamingo.
Police have released no identities.
The entire intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo is closed and police say its likely to stay that way through the rest of the day.
The scene is just steps away from where Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in a drive by in 1996.