LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Three people were killed and at least six more injured after an unidentified individual in a black Range Rover opened fire on the occupants of a Maserati.
Police believe an earlier argument in a hotel prompted the attack, which occurred in the heart of the Strip, at the junction of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, which is close to several major hotels, including Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio.
The shooting was the third violent incident to occur in the city in recent weeks. Two people were wounded in a car park shooting on February 6 and a tourist was stabbed at least 10 times in a lift at the Hotel Mandalay Bay on February 16.
But the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) described the city as “one of the safest in the world”.
“The LVCVA, resort partners and law enforcement work closely to maintain a safe and secure experience for our visitors and residents. Recent incidents, while unfortunate, were isolated events,” it said. “Las Vegas is among the safest travel destinations in the world and utilises the most advanced technology and training to maintain a secure environment.
“Providing a safe and secure experience is our top priority. According to statistics from Metro, violent crime in the tourism corridor was down approximately 13 per cent in 2012 and is down nearly 11 per cent so far this year. Las Vegas continues to be a safe place to visit.”