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

(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."

Smoke and flames billow from a burning vehicle on the Vegas strip early Thursday.
Smoke and flames billow from a burning vehicle on the Vegas strip early Thursday.   (AP Photo/Erik Lackey)
Map locates the site of a shooting in Las Vegas that ended in a deadly car crash.
Map locates the site of a shooting in Las Vegas that ended in a deadly car crash.   (AP)
In this still image take from video provided by KTNV, police investigate the scene of the shooting.
In this still image take from video provided by KTNV, police investigate the scene of the shooting.   (AP Photo/KTNV)
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