A report released by Las Vegas Metro police on Thursday in the wake of the Los Angeles arrest of Strip shooting suspect Ammar Harris details the hours and moments leading up to the deadly shooting and subsequent wreck.
Police used taxicab and casino surveillance video to piece together the events and identify Harris. The report also identifies a second shooting victim, Freddy Walters, who was a passenger in an unlicensed 2008 silver Maserati driven by Kenneth Cherry.
According to police, Cherry and Walters arrived at the Aria casino and hotel valet at 4 a.m. on Feb. 21.
Harris had arrived at the casino a few hours earlier. He met up with a woman who had gotten out of a truck. The two met up with two other females and a male and entered the Aria lobby.
Harris and the three women entered the Haze nightclub a short time later. Harris was later identified by a hotel security officer to police.
Just after 4 a.m. in the valet area, Harris approached Cherry and Walters in the Maserati before returning to his Range Rover.
A few minutes later, taxicab surveillance caught the Maserati driving east on Harmon Avenue toward Las Vegas Boulevard. While they were stopped at a red light, Harris pulled up in front of the Maserati in his Range Rover. Harris then rolled his window down and began yelling at Cherry, according to a cab driver.
Cherry and Harris then pulled onto Las Vegas Boulevard. Harris spun his tires and Cherry accelerated to catch up with him.
The driver of the Range Rover sounded the horn and the first shot was fired at approximately 4:18 a.m. Following that shot, the Maserati again accelerated to catch up with the Range Rover. At 4:19 a.m., two more shots were fired at the Maserati, followed by three more shots moments later.
Cherry, struck by gunfire and unconscious, according to the report, accelerated at Flamingo Road, running a red light and striking a taxicab, resulting in the death of two people.
Cherry was struck in his left chest and was later pronounced dead at University Medical Center. Walters was struck in the arm but survived.
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