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3 dead, 3 hurt after shootout on Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (CNN) — At rolling gun battle between two cars on The Strip early Thursday led to a fiery crash that left three people dead and three others injured, police said.

Las-Vegas-ShootoutThe incident began about 4:20 a.m. when someone in an SUV — stopped at a stoplight on Las Vegas Boulevard near Caesars Palace and a number of other casinos — fired into a Maserati that also had stopped at the light, Las Vegas police said.

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The Maserati moved into the intersection with Flamingo Road and collided with a taxi, starting a chain of crashes that involved four other vehicles, police said.

Fire swept through the taxi, where the driver and a passenger were trapped. The taxi’s two occupants and the Maserati’s driver died, Las Vegas Police spokesman Jose Hernandez said.

A passenger in the Maserati suffered gunshot wounds and was being treated at a hospital, police said. At least two other people in the other crashed vehicles suffered light to moderate injuries, they said.

John Lamb, who was inside Caesars Palace, told KLAS he heard the commotion and saw the taxi on fire from a window.

“There was a loud bang, and I hear two other booms. I looked out my window at Caesars Palace … and could see the fireball,” he told KLAS.

Police are looking for the occupants of the SUV, described as a black Range Rover Sport with tinted windows, large black rims and a dealer license plate not from Nevada, said Las Vegas Police Sgt. John Sheahan.

Hernandez said he didn’t have information on what led to the shooting. The names of the dead and the injured were not immediately released.

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6 Comments to “3 dead, 3 hurt after shootout on Vegas Strip”

    Mark Justice said:
    February 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Poor guy takes a cab, working stiff driving it in the wee hours, and they’re snuffed. Good news is Vegas has cameras everywhere and the homies in the Rover will be caught soon.

    Thomas said:
    February 21, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Idiots. I hope justice will be served.

    CSI SD said:
    February 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Get Gil Grissom back out there, he'll crack the case in no time.

    Onelove said:
    February 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Just soo sad, Lord protect us down here. Innocent lives are taken all the time, give their family comfort and peace in this time of mourning. The evil doers are alive so they can suffer the consequences. Lord have mercy on their soul!

    Mike said:
    February 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I bet when the guys in the SUV get surrounded they’ll kill some more cops and then kill themselves. Just like all these other pieces of shit that have been on the news in the last week

    Guest said:
    February 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Remember when America was reasonably safe?

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