Gunman, rental car sought in deadly Las Vegas Strip shooting

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Posted: Feb 19, 2016 4:38 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An early morning car-to-car shooting that left two women dead and a man critically wounded began as a fight in a parking area at a Las Vegas Strip shopping mall, authorities said Friday.

A suspect wasn't immediately identified or arrested in the second vehicle-to-vehicle shooting this week just outside the glow of brightly lit marquees of Sin City's famous casino district.

Police Lt. Dan McGrath said the shooter was among several people involved in the 1:15 a.m. Friday fistfight in the parking garage at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, along with the three people who were later shot. The man was wearing a light-colored Chicago Bulls baseball cap, a white T-shirt, blue jeans and white athletic shoes, McGrath said.

He is seen on security video with a gun as he gets into a light blue or gray 2015 Toyota Camry rental car from which at least five shots were later fired into a silver Hyundai, McGrath said.

"Within about 15, maybe 12 minutes there was a fight, people leave the parking garage, and shots are fired," McGrath said.

A woman who was a passenger in the Hyundai was found fatally wounded in the roadway about a block from the parking structure, and the Hyundai drove into the nearby valet area of the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino. McGrath said the car bumped another vehicle as it rolled to a stop with the other woman slumped behind the wheel and the man wounded.

All three victims were taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where the women were pronounced dead and the man underwent surgery. Hospital spokeswoman Danita Cohen said he was in critical condition.

The names and hometowns of the three people weren't immediately made public, but McGrath described the wounded man as a 30-year-old from the San Francisco Bay Area.

McGrath said the wounded man didn't tell investigators what prompted the argument at the Miracle Mile.

A statement from the mall said security personnel were working with police. A valet supervisor at the Cosmopolitan declined to comment. A statement from the hotel said the safety of guests is a top priority.

The early Friday shooting came just days after a similar shooting nearby on Tropicana Avenue that injured two people. Police spokesman Jesse Roybal said no arrests have been made in that case, but police are looking for three women and a man.

Friday's shooting bore similarities to a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting and spectacular fiery crash that left three people dead on the Las Vegas Strip almost exactly three years ago.

Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, 29, was convicted in October of murder and sentenced to death.