Sheriff Gillespie: Incident began in the valet area of Aria Hotel

Krista Hostetler

Sheriff Gillespie: Incident began in the valet area of Aria Hotel

CREATED Feb. 21, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department held a press conference to discuss the fatal shooting on Las Vegas Boulevard Thursday morning.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie addressed the media around 2 p.m.

Police believe the incident began as an altercation in the valet area of the Aria Hotel.

According to witness statements, shots were fired from the Range Rover at the Maserati as they both traveled northbound on Las Vegas Boulevard, from Harmon towards Flamingo.

The Maserati driver, having been shot, sped through the intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard colliding with a taxi cab, causing a six-vehicle crash.

The driver and passenger of the taxi both died on the scene when the car exploded due to the impact. Police said the taxi was not a propane vehicle.

The driver of the Maserati also died from gunshot wounds, and his passenger who was also shot was transported to the hospital.

Three people from other vehicles in the crash were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.

The suspect vehicle, a black Range Rover, fled the scene and law enforcement in Southern Nevada, as well as neighboring states are actively searching for that vehicle and its occupants.

Sheriff Gillespie said finding the suspects is his department's top priority.

Police believe the occupants of the Range Rover are armed and dangerous. If you encounter the suspects, do not take action, call your local police department.

Several roads leading to the crime scene have been blocked off all day, and causing delays and detours for people who cross over Las Vegas Boulevard.

Action News will continue to post more information on the situation as it becomes available.