LAS VEGAS – An early morning car-to-car shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that began as a scuffle in a parking lot has left two women dead and a man critically injured.
Surveillance video from the Miracle Mile Shops parking lot showed the melee, which was broken up by security guards, Las Vegas police Lt. Dan McGrath said. The video also shows a man with a gun get into a 2015 Toyota Camry moments later.
"Within about 15, maybe 12 minutes there was a fight, people leave the parking garage, and shots are fired," McGrath told The Associated Press.
Police say shots were fired from the Camry into a silver Hyundai. The Hyundai then drove into the valet area of the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino, bumping into another vehicle before rolling to a stop with the fatally shot driver slumped behind the wheel. The wounded man in the car was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas and has been in surgery. The hospital said he remains in critical condition.
The shooting came just days after a similar incident nearby on Tropicana Avenue. Las Vegas police said people in two separate vehicles exchanged words at about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday before several gunshots were fired from one car into the other. The driver and front-seat passenger in the second car were injured and drove to a hospital, but were discharged the same day.
McGrath said the man found wounded in the car didn't immediately tell investigators what prompted the argument at the Miracle Mile. Another woman, a passenger in the Hyundai, was found fatally wounded in the roadway.
The Clark County Coroner's office said the two dead have not been positively identified.
It didn't immediately appear anyone in the Hyundai fired back, McGrath said, although investigators haven't yet searched the Hyundai and didn't know if there was a gun in the car.
The Miracle Mile Shops said in a statement that its security personnel are working with police. The Cosmopolitan released a statement Friday saying the safety of its guests is its first priority. The shopping center is attached to the Planet Hollywood but is operated by Miracle Mile Shops.