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Suspect named in deadly Vegas shooting, fiery crash: manhunt still on (video)

A suspect has been named in the shootout that caused a fatal fiery crash in Las Vegas Thursday. According to the Las Vegas police, 26 year old Ammar Asim Faruq Harris was the driver of the black Ranch Rover that sped away from the crash after shooting at a Maserati on the Vegas Strip.

Though Harris's identity is now known, he is still on the run after he sped away from the scene some time after 4 am and the manhunt continues. However, police have found the suspect's Ranch Rover, which has now been impounded. Law enforcement warns that the suspect, who has a criminal record, must be considered armed and dangerous. [See video above for more].

Three people died in the pileup after bullets started flying from Harris’s black Range Rover aimed at Cherry’s gray Maserati. The shooting caused a fiery crash as the Maserati ran a red light at the busy intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road — home to the Bellagio Hotel, Caesar’s Palace and Bally's. The speeding car collided in a blaze with a taxi, which in turn caused three other cars and a utility truck to smash into each other.

The taxi’s two occupants -- 62-year-old Michael Boldon, the driver and his passenger, 48-year-old Sandra Sutton-Washmund of Washington -- were killed at the scene and six others were injured.

The Maserati driver, identified as aspiring rapper, 27-year-old Kenny "Clutch" Cherry, later died in hospital. Cherry’s father is now angry at the media coverage of the tragedy, saying his son was “a good boy” and was not involved in the rap “gangsta life” many are attaching him to.

Kenneth Cherry Sr. said his son wasn’t even armed at the time and did not shoot back. The little known rapper leaves behind three children—with the oldest only two years old and the youngest a mere two months.

However, YouTube videos portrayed the young Cherry “Clutch” in a different light but some of it might have been exaggerated to fit into the “street creds” of being a successful rapper. Singing it is one thing but did he live it?

According to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillepsie, the violence escalated from an argument at the Aria Hotel & Casino parking lot, which is located near the crash site. The three deaths are now considered homicides but no official charges have been filed.

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