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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.

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.

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The Maserati driver was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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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.

Associated Press