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Police seek motive in deadly Vegas Strip attack

| Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 10:06 a.m.

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Strip became a scene of deadly violence early Thursday when someone in a Range Rover opened fire on a Maserati at a stoplight, sending it crashing into a taxi that went up in flames, leaving three people dead and at least six injured.

Police were checking with nearby businesses to see whether a previous altercation prompted the car-to-car attack at Las Vegas and Flamingo boulevards, the site of several major casinos, including Bellagio, Caesars Palace and Bally's.

“This doesn't happen where we come from, not on this scale,” said Mark Thompson, who was visiting from Manchester, England, with his wife. “We get stabbings, and gang violence, but this is like something out of a movie. Like ‘Die Hard' or something.”

Police were contacting authorities in three neighboring states about the black Range Rover Sport with tinted windows that fled the scene about 4:30 a.m.

Police said the Maserati hit the taxi cab, which burst into flames, and the driver and passenger were killed. The male driver of the Maserati also died, and his passenger was shot.

Caesars valet Jordan Smith, 24, said he heard the crash and the explosion and ran to the scene where the taxi was in flames.

He said paramedics from the hotel were treating some of the injured.

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