Vegas Hotel Dispute Led to 'Die Hard-Like' Scene
Police trying to track down Range Rover that fled scene
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2013 4:32 PM CST
Smoke and flames billow from a burning vehicle on the Vegas strip early Thursday.   (AP Photo/Erik Lackey)

(Newser) – Police in three states are still hunting for a Range Rover whose occupants opened fire on another car on the Vegas Strip this morning and set off a deadly chain reaction. Cops don't know most of the details, but they say it started with a dispute of some kind in one of the nearby hotels, then spilled into the street, reports the Las Vegas Sun. When the Range Rover caught up to a Maserati at a stop light, shots were fired from the SUV that sent the Maserati crashing into a taxi, which exploded upon impact. Three people—the Maserati driver, the taxi driver, and a taxi passenger—were killed, and three others were injured, reports the LA Times.

Police are hoping to piece together more details by interviewing a passenger in the Maserati, who was injured in the melee. Earlier reports that gunfire came from both vehicles as part of a moving shootout were incorrect. The AP collects this quote from a tourist visiting from Manchester, England: "This doesn't happen where we come from, not on this scale. We get stabbings, and gang violence, but this is like something out of a movie. Like Die Hard or something."

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Bill Inaz
Feb 22, 2013 5:08 AM CST
Guess what happens there doesn't necessarily stay there.
Feb 22, 2013 2:36 AM CST
What, does Nevada have a "Stand Your Ground" law? Or was this just testosterone fueled "My gun barrel is bigger then yours" style American gun violence playing out on the Vegas Strip?
Feb 21, 2013 9:54 PM CST it comes out that it was 'an aspiring rapper' who was driving the Maserati that crashed into the cab!!! What 'aspiring' rapper drives a Mas. But it was probably the usual filthy scum exchange , over a 'diss' incident, or some drug money owed, which would be fine, except some poor tourist in a cab was incinerated because of a ghetto-type encounter. If they find this scumbag, he should be tried and executed.