Suspect in deadly Las Vegas Strip shooting ‘holed up like a little rat,’ former cop says

This undated photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Ammar Harris.

This undated photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Ammar Harris.  (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

A former Las Vegas Metro lieutenant told that time is running out for the man police say opened fire last week on The Strip that resulted in a deadly collision.

"The longer it goes, the higher the reward goes, the less people he's going to be able to trust and the more paranoid he's going to become," Randy Sutton, the former lieutenant, told the station. "The pressure is on now. So he is holed up like a little rat, if you will."

Police named Ammar Harris, a 26-year-old ex-convict, as the prime suspect in the shooting that killed three people in a fiery crash.

Investigators say Harris was driving a black Range Rover SUV when he fired shots into a Maserati before dawn last Thursday, killing an aspiring rapper and causing a crash that killed two people when the Maserati slammed into a taxi that exploded in a fireball at the heart of the Strip.

Police say  several other people were with Harris in the SUV as it fled the scene of the six-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Bally's and Flamingo resorts.

Police say they were confident that Harris was the only shooter. They didn't say whether police intend to prosecute anyone else in the SUV.

Police say they have found a Miami woman who was in an SUV during the incident.

Capt. Chris Jones told The Associated Press on Thursday that Tineesha Lashun Howard was located late Wednesday in another state that he did not identify.

Jones says she's being interviewed by police but is not a suspect or facing criminal charges. Police previously called her a person of interest.

Police previously released a photo of Harris taken after his arrest last year in Las Vegas in a 2010 prostitution case. It showed Harris with tattoos on his right cheek and words on his neck above an image that appeared to depict an owl with blackened eyes. Jones said Harris should be considered armed and dangerous.

There is currently a $35,000 reward for the capture and conviction of Harris.

"It takes a lot of money to disappear, a lot of money. And unless he's got a huge reserve of cash, he can only stay hidden for a very limited period of time," Sutton said.

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