(LAS VEGAS) — Las Vegas police identified a suspect Saturday in a shooting on the strip that caused a Maserati to hit a taxi and burst into flames, killing three people.
Ammar Harris, 26, has been named a suspect in the Thursday skirmish that killed three people, including rapper Kenny Clutch.
The altercation between Harris and Clutch, 27, whose legal name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., is believed to have originated in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel, police said.
Police said Harris fired several rounds into a Maserati that was being driven by Cherry as both vehicles continued northbound on glitzy Las Vegas Boulevard.
The rapper’s expensive sports car careened out of control after he was shot, slamming into several cars, including a taxi. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon and a female passenger. Witnesses said it looked like the car exploded.
“He was a number one guy,” Carolyn Jean Trimble, Boldon’s sister, told ABC News.
“I looked out my window and I could see one vehicle down here on the corner of the intersection totally engulfed in flames,” witness John Lamb told ABC News.
Boldon, 62, and his passenger, who has not yet been identified, were both killed, as was Clutch.
Timble said her brother loved driving his taxi around Vegas.
“He came to live with me in Las Vegas last year to help take care of our mother, and the first day he got here he said, ‘I have to get a job.’ The second day, I came home from work, and he said he got a job,” she recalled.
“He says, ‘You’ll never guess what it is,’ and I said, ‘what,’ and he said, ‘taxi cab driver,’ and we both fell out laughing,” Trimble said. “He loved that job. He never complained. He’d come home and tell me stories about what happened, who he picked up.”
Boldon was a single father who raised a 36-year-old son and was a new grandfather. His grandson was named after him, Trimble said.
“Of all the people to take from this earth,” she said. “But I guess the Lord needed him.”
A passenger in the Maserati was hit and sustained only a minor injury to his arm. Clutch died at University Medical Center.
His father, Kenneth Cherry Sr., expressed his grief for the loss of his son while speaking with ABC News.
“This is something you never really, really ever want to experience as a parent, to lose a child before you go,” he said.
Harris is described as 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department’s homicide division.
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