Rapper Killed In Vegas Shootout
Yesterday we reported on a fatal accident caused by a shootout between occupants of a Maserati and occupants of a Range Rover with dealer license plates that caused the death of three people in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Today more details are clear about what happened when Kenneth Cherry aka Kenny Clutch an aspiring rapper was killed by men who opened fire on him at a red light causing him to accelerate into the intersection and crash with a taxi which blew up killing the driver and his passenger.
Kenny Clutch’s allegedly rapped about keeping the burner with him in his Maserati however his rap career and life were cut short 2 blocks from where Tupac was gunned down on the Las Vegas Strip in 1996 and the shooters are still at large!
Police are scrambling to try to piece together what happened and looking over surveillance to get a lead on the shooters and the Las Vegas Strip is on lockdown!
The driver of a Maserati who was killed in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas strip on Thursday bragged about stashing a gun in his $120,000 Italian sports car.
Kenneth Cherry, aka Kenny Clutch, was killed when men inside a black Range Rover opened fire on his car while he was sitting at a red light.
He accelerated into the intersection and crashed into a taxi.
Cab driver Michael Boldon and his passenger died when the taxi burst into flames.
Family members said Boldon had recently moved to Las Vegas to take care of his ailing mother.
Police say the shooting was the result of a fight that erupted in the nearby Aria Resort and Casino that escalated into violence.
Despite initial reports that the chaos on the Strip was the result of a gunfight, authorities are now saying neither Cherry nor his passenger fired any shots and that the attack was a drive-by shooting.
The gunmen, driving a Range Rover with black rims, tinted windows and a temporary paper license plate, are still at large.
The shooting took place just two blocks from the spot where rapper Tupac Shakur was infamously gunned down in a drive-by shooting in 1996 on the Las Vegas Strip.
He posted two videos on YouTube last year and each had gained only a few thousand views.
In ‘Stay Schemin,’ he rapped about hiding a pistol in his Maserati.
Police have no said whether Cherry was armed the night of the shooting.
‘Maserati. Paid 120 for it. Stash box ‘cuz you know I got that semi for it,’ he sings.
The gunfire broke about 4:20am PST when at least one person in the Range Rover opened fire.
Several people were inside the vehicle, according to police.
Cherry’s Maserati sped through the intersection and crashing into a taxi cab, which burst into flames.
The driver of the Maserati, as well as the taxi driver and a passenger in the cab were killed in the fiery crash, police said.
One witness said it was like a scene out of ‘Die Hard.’
Now authorities are trying to track down the gunman, who remains at large after fleeing the scene.
Officials say the shooter remains armed and dangerous.
In a press conference this morning, Las Vegas Police Sgt. John Sheahan said the attack was not a rolling gun battle as previously described, saying that the cars were all stopped at a red light.
Sgt. Sheahan said police have video from traffic cameras at the intersection where the shooting occurred on Thursday.
‘We have a lot of pieces to put together to establish a timeline as to why this confrontation occurred,’ he said.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the high-speed gun battle could have started as a dispute at a nearby casino.
LVMPD officials are still searching for the gunman and the high-end SUV after it fled the scene of the deadly accident.
They said the SUV has black rims and tinted windows.
The identities of the three victims have not yet been released, though it was revealed that the driver of the Maserati was male.
Three other vehicles were involved in the wreck, but Sgt John Sheahan said the SUV was gone before police arrived.
Officer Jose Hernandez told MailOnline that police are now trying to locate the high-end SUV. ‘It has dealership-like paper plates on it, believed to be occupied by several black males,’ he said.
‘They are considered armed and dangerous.’
Tourists staying in high-rise hotels around the scene found police tape blocking access to the area around the intersection.
Closures were expected to last most of the day, snarling traffic in the highly-popular tourist corridor.
British tourist Mark Thompson, who was visiting from Manchester said that the scene was something straight out of an action movie.
‘This doesn’t happen where we come from, not on this scale,’ he said.
‘We get stabbings, and gang violence, but this is like something out of a movie. Like “Die Hard” or something.’
Early reports stated that passengers in the Maserati exchanged gunfire with those in the Range Rover, but the information was later proved erroneous.
The Maserati slammed into the taxi at the intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas boulevards, causing the taxi burst into flames.
At least three people were hospitalized, including a passenger from the Maserati. Police said that one of the Maserati passengers is being treated at a local hospital for gunshot wounds.
LVMP spokesman Jose Hernandez said that at least two other people in the other crashed vehicles are being treated for moderate injuries.
Mr Hernandez said that police are looking into the cause of the shooting.
A tourist who witnessed the aftermath of the crash told KLAS-TV the burning taxi looked like a fireball.
‘There was a loud bang, and I hear two other booms. I looked out my window at Caesars Palace…and could see the fireball,’ he told the CNN affiliate.
Sgt Sheahan said in a 6:30am PST news conference that the investigation is in its infancy, and they will release more information as it becomes available.
Las Vegas Boulevard is currently shut down as the LVMPD continues their investigation.
The intersection is surrounded by some of the most famous casinos on the Strip, including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Bally’s, and is a popular area for tourists.
A spokesman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Jeremy Handel, issued a statement reassuring people that much is being done to keep them safe.
‘Recent incidents, while unfortunate, were isolated events,’ he said. ‘Las Vegas is among the safest travel destinations in the world and utilizes the most advanced technology and training to maintain a secure environment.
The shooting is the latest in a series of violent actions on the tourist corridor since the beginning of the year.
Two people were critically wounded in a shooting at a parking garage February 6, and a tourist was stabbed in an elevator at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay February 16.
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