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Police identify suspect in Strip shooting that led to deaths of 3 people


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Metro Police released this picture of a Range Rover believed to have been used in a shooting and collision that killed three people.

Updated Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 | 9:05 p.m.

Meridian Apartments

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Ammar Harris is sought in connection with the deaths of three people on the Strip on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

Metro Police have identified a suspect and found the car used in the deadly shooting on the Strip on Thursday morning that resulted in a multivehicle crash and three deaths.

Ammar Harris, 26, is suspected of shooting and killing Kenneth Cherry Jr. from a black Range Rover on the Strip near Flamingo Road, police said in a news release Saturday. Police found the Range Rover on Saturday afternoon at the Meridian apartments on Flamingo Road near Koval Lane.

Harris is described as a 5-foot-11, 180-pound black man with brown hair, brown eyes and several distinct tattoos, including a heart-shaped one below his right eye and a large owl on his neck.

Police believe the shooting occurred after a verbal altercation between Cherry and Harris at the Aria valet area. The argument led to a chase on the Strip between men in a black Range Rover and Cherry in a Maserati with a passenger.

After Cherry was shot and killed, his car crashed into a multiple vehicles, including a taxi that exploded on impact at Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. The taxi driver and a passenger in the taxi were killed.

Police said Harris also goes by the name Ammar Asim Faruq Harris and has an extensive criminal history. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Police urge anyone with information regarding Harris’ whereabouts to call the Metro Police homicide division at (702) 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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  1. now lets find him.

  2. Ammar Harris is originally from Florida.

    In fact there is a warrant for him from Miami Dade County Police for traffic violations which he git Jan 16, 2013...

    A long *rap* sheet on him.

  3. Hope Las Vegas finest get him soon. Plan a visit soon and would feel safer is he was away or gone.

  4. Metro "found the car used in the deadly shooting" .. ok.. but there's no mention of where it was found, how it was found ... ???? Where's the rest of this story?

  5. Idiot gangstas. It's too bad innocent people were killed. That's the real tragedy here.

  6. Is anyone really surprised? This is an element of the lowest kind; all with "extensive" criminal backgrounds and why they are allowed to roam free to continue their carnage is no mystery. With a society inundated with the BS about "fairness," pushed mainly by "progressives" and subversive organizations such as the ACLU, these thugs can laugh at the rules those of us obey as a matter of course. Their "right" to commit mayhem overrides the ordinary citizens "right" to be free from threats of violence according to elitists on the left. Since they, the elitists, are rarely affected (they are surrounded by body guards, instant police protection, a political class that sucks up to them, and live in secure, gated communities), they can afford to be "magnanimous" in their attitude towards the beasts that roam our streets. Let the criminals they so admire start looting, raping, assaulting and murdering in their neighborhoods and you'll see their blase attitude switch 180 degrees in a New York minute.

  7. Someone else made a similar comment to what I was thinking.......put up some money for a tip to lead to his arrest and someone will turn him in. Let's hope he's caught before he gets to the border and runs forever.

  8. B Chap, I'm not sure I agree about who is a good candidate for death. No Gov't should have a right to execute a citizen - one day it may be the guy you judge - the next it may be you. Only feeble minded ask for "smaller government" then throw themselves at Gov't granting it the right to execute them. I guess when justice is administered by the Right, they support it - but when justice is administered by the Left, they will eventually abandon their support for Gov't right to execute citizens.

    That aside - I think you truly pin point the problem with these acts. These people have failed to ripen. They haven't matured and remain in this fantasy bubble - this idea that somehow the life style portrayed by the Entertainment industry, etc, is actually true. Case in point - the rapper who died. The parents acknowledge the guy was a "good kid" and only portrayed his "thug" ways as a form of entertainment.

    Nonetheless, guys like this murderer - are grown men with the maturity of a juvenile delinquent. Childish like mentality - such that they don't comprehend their stupidity until AFTER the fact, once it is too late.

    They get so caught up with this corrupt culture/mentality - they think it is ok until they get caught. Then, like the ones you met in prison, they acknowledge what is obvious to others.

    This is what makes me sick about these older men - including the young black rapper who was killed. It makes me sick that they glorify this childish/fantasy mentality.

    I'm not saying this guy deserved what he got, in any way. Just wish he would have made the mature choice and shied away from this childish mentality.

    Now he is dead, and this other imbecile will either die at the hands of officers, kill himself, or spend the rest of his life in prison.

  9. Where is hell does these type of people get their money to have all of the expensive toys. A criminal on the loose having a gun which cost $$$ driving a $40,000 vehicle out in a expensive night club living in a place which cost $$ and they do not work? Lets stop kidding ourselves all of their money comes from illegal activity and then if the police profile any of them they are accused of being the bad guy. If he has the money he is long gone too bad Las Vegas gets the rap for this and people now coming into town have doubts on how safe it is here.

  10. Since he is the owner of this car chances are he was the driver that night.

    Was he the one doing the shooting?

    Who else was with him?

    Driving and shooting at the same time is not as easy as shown in movies.

  11. Las Vegas loves their mob history, They love it so much they even GLORIFIED it with a mob museum.

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  13. george2455 "planning to w
    visit the US from the UK later this year. we were planning to visit las vegas but the recent incidents have made us reconsider. might give it a miss this year till it feels a little safer"

    It's your choice, but it seems like an odd one. The UK has a higher per-capita violent crime rate than the US (and higher than Las Vegas), so in general it's actually more dangerous for you to stay home than it is to visit here.