A fiery car crash and shooting came together at 4:30 on the morning of Thursday the 21st, leaving three people dead on the lively Las Vegas Strip. Police immediately launched a manhunt to find the person who was responsible for the shootings that led to the fatal crash, and on Monday authorities determined the prime suspect to be 26-year-old Ammar Harris.
The target of the shooting was aspiring Oakland rapper Kenneth Cherry Jr., whose rap name was Kenny Clutch. The fatal incident occurred when Cherry was shot at while driving his Maserati. The dispute appeared to have stemmed from an argument at the valet area of the Aria resort-casino. Cherry sped into incoming traffic to avoid the gunshots, and slammed into a taxicab driven by 62-year-old Michael Boldon. The cab lit up in fire and smoke upon impact, causing Boldon and his passenger to be killed. Cherry died at a nearby hospital from a gunshot wound to the chest. A total of five vehicles were involved in the crash; the passenger in the Maserati was wounded in the arm and four people from four other vehicles treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The shots were fired from a black Range Rover at the center of the strip, by whom authorities, after working around the clock, now believe to be Ammar Harris. The Range Rover was found only a couple of blocks away from the incident, but police Captain Chris Jones says that Harris’ location is unknown. Police released a photo of Harris that was taken after he was arrested last year in Las Vegas on pandering, kidnapping, sexual assault and coercion charges. Police consider him to be armed and dangerous. He has numerous tattoos, including a small heart-shaped one below his right eye and an owl that covers his neck and part of his chest.
Kenneth Cherry Sr. has shamed media reports, saying “I don’t like the way that some of the media stations are portraying my son, because he was black, (like) he’s a criminal. My son was a good boy.” Cherry has no known police record and leaves behind three children.
The Las Vegas law firm Koch & Brim, LLP want to express their sincere condolences to the families of those that were lost in this tragic accident.