DA's top prosecutors to try Strip shooting suspect
Ammar Harris was captured on Thursday in Los Angeles. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he won't personally try accused Las Vegas Strip shooter Ammar Harris, but he's vowed to put his top prosecutors on it.
Harris is currently in Los Angeles, awaiting an extradition hearing on Monday. He was captured on Thursday in Studio City following a weeklong manhunt.
Harris is accused of opening fire on a Maserati, killing the driver and causing a crash that claimed two more lives.
Wolfson said that if Harris fights extradition, it could take 30 days to get him back to Las Vegas. However, Wolfson doesn't think that will happen and anticipates he'll be booked in Las Vegas next week.
"Crashing cars and shooting guns and explosions - that gets people's attention. That doesn't happen every day. Just by the nature, the act itself makes this case different and unique," Wolfson said.
Court documents reveal Harris' first alleged shot into the Maserati may have claimed driver Ken Cherry Jr.'s life.
"The end result, three people lost their lives and other people were injured. It could have been worse. Other people could have been injured," Wolfson said.
Wolfson said Harris' case is classified as open murder, meaning he could face the death penalty. That decision will be made in the coming months, with the victims' families having a say.
"It's very common for my prosecutors to talk and discuss all the options, all the parts of a criminal case with family," said Wolfson.
Harris is facing three murder charges, an attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting Maserati passenger Freddy Walters, and several charges relating to firing shots on the Strip.
Metro police said three women were in the black Range Rover with Harris when he allegedly opened fired. Wolfson said they could be called as witnesses to testify but that they are not currently facing criminal charges.
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