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
Hotel Dispute Touched Off Vegas Strip Shooting
Smoke and flames billow from a burning vehicle on the Vegas strip early Thursday.   (AP Photo/Erik Lackey)

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." (Read more Las Vegas stories.)

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