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3 killed in Vegas shooting

A Maserati that ran a red light smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames, killing the two occupants.

Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via Associated Press

A Maserati that ran a red light smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames, killing the two occupants.

LAS VEGAS — Bullets were flying from a black Range Rover at a gray Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Las Vegas Strip.

Beneath the neon lights, police say, the Maserati ran a red light at one of the Strip’s busiest intersections and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames early Thursday, killing the two people inside.

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Three more cars and a utility truck collided at the crossroads home to Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Bally’s, leaving at least six more people injured as the Range Rover sped off.

The Maserati driver was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The dramatic scene — which more than one tourist compared to something out of a movie — set off a frantic search for the occupants of the Range Rover and marked the latest violent episode on the Strip this year.

Two people were critically wounded in a shooting at a parking garage on Feb. 6, and a tourist was stabbed last Saturday in a Mandalay Bay elevator.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said Thursday’s attack was sparked by an argument in the valet area of a nearby hotel.

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