Las Vegas police are looking for a black Range Rover after a sudden burst of gunshots and a car fire led to the deaths of three people on the famed Strip, shutting down the gambling boulevard in several directions.
A Range Rover Sport with black rims and tinted windows pulled up to a Maserati at a stoplight at the intersection of Las Vegas and Flamingo Boulevards around 4:20 a.m. Thursday, Sgt. John Sheahan of the Las Vegas Police Department said.
The occupants of the SUV opened fire on the Maserati as both cars went through the intersection. The driver and passenger were hit by bullets, killing the driver, according to Sheahan, and the Maserati flew out of control, striking three other vehicles and a taxi cab.
The cab burst into a fireball, killing the driver and a passenger, as the Range Rover fled the scene. It doesn’t appear the occupants of the Maserati ever fired back, Sheahan told The Associated Press, contradicting initial reports from the scene.
The shooting occurred in an area of the Strip occupied by some of the city’s most famous casinos, including Caesars Palace, Bally’s and the Bellagio.
Four people were taken to the University Medical Center in downtown Las Vegas with moderate injuries, hospital spokeswoman Danita Cohen told NBC News. Three of those patients were treated and released, Cohen said, while a fourth remains at the hospital. Cohen did not disclose the status of the remaining victim.
All four injured persons were adult males, according to Cohen. The identities of the individuals have not been released.
Police are warning people to be careful if they spot the black SUV that fled the scene. Police said the car has paper plates from a car dealer, though it’s not clear what state the plates were from.
“We want to remind everyone that they are armed and dangerous,” said Officer Jose Hernandez of the Las Vegas Police Department.
The manager of the Desert Cab company said the taxi involved belonged to his company, but declined to say anything else to the AP.