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Las Vegas shooting suspect in court

California court officials seek to confirm identity of the suspect.

California court officials seek to confirm identity of the suspect.

LOS ANGELES — A man named as the suspect in a deadly shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip made his first appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, and the judge scheduled a March 14 hearing to establish his identity.

The man, identified as Ammar Harris, 26, did not speak during the hearing, nor enter a plea. He was represented by a public defender.

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He was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles, ending a hunt that began after the Feb. 21 shooting and crash that killed three people.

Authorities allege Harris was driving his black Range Rover when he fired at least five shots into a Maserati sports car, killing Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., a rapper who called himself Kenny Clutch. The two men had argued minutes earlier, police said.

After Cherry was struck, the Maserati careened into a taxi that exploded in a fireball at Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, one of the most famous neon-lit crossroads in Las Vegas.

The cab driver and his passenger were killed. A passenger in the Maserati was shot in the arm, and four people in four other vehicles were hurt.

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