Brittanie Merritt-Durwell, left, and Joshua Youngblood, right. (Source: LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A woman was charged with attempted murder in a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that police say was related to road rage.
According to Las Vegas Metro police, Brittanie Merritt-Burwell, 21, was arrested on Monday in connection to the Dec. 23 shooting on Las Vegas Boulevard south of Harmon Drive.
In an arrest report, police said several witnesses saw a woman exit a white Chevy Impala and walk over to a vehicle's driver side. Witnesses told police the woman produced a handgun and shot at the driver inside the car.
Police also said witnesses saw a man exit the passenger side of the Impala during the incident. Both people ran back to the vehicle and attempted to flee through a nearby shopping center before leaving through the Polo Towers parking lot, police said.
In documents, investigators connected the Chevy Impala to a vehicle that belonged to a guest at the Hooters Hotel and Casino who was seen attempting to break into another vehicle there before the shooting. The Impala's Arizona license plate was registered to Merritt-Burwell, who matched the description of the woman seen in the shooting, police said.
Police would not catch up with Merritt-Burwell until she and the man seen with her during the shooting were spotted by a patrol officer Monday morning.
Police said the officer, who had knowledge of the case, saw the white Impala and the two people in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on West Tropicana Avenue. The officer took Merritt-Burwell and the man identified as 28-year-old Joshua Youngblood into custody. Police said Youngblood attempted to resist the officer and was found with a loaded handgun on him.
According to police, Merritt-Burwell acknowledged the road rage incident, saying a driver wouldn't let her enter a lane and she was nearly hit by the victim's car. She also initially denied the shooting. When she was asked about it, she told investigators the victim tried hitting her and that prompted her to pull out a handgun from her hip holster, according to documents.
She also told police she remembered only one gunshot firing.
Merritt-Burwell was booked into Clark County Detention Center on a count of attempted murder.
Youngblood, who refused to talk to police, was also booked on counts of harboring, concealing or aiding a felony offender; resisting a public officer with a deadly weapon; and carrying concealed weapon firearm.
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