UK & World News
Rapper Kenny Clutch Dies In Vegas Shoot-Out
A rapper was one of three people killed when gunmen in a 4x4 opened fire on a Maserati on the Las Vegas Strip, causing a pile-up that triggered a giant fireball.
Kenny Clutch, whose real name was Kenneth Cherry Jr, was driving the sports car when occupants in a Range Rover opened fire.
The car veered out of control and smashed into a taxi carrying two people.
Mr Cherry, 27, an aspiring rapper, was regularly filmed for music videos, which appeared on YouTube, driving a silver Maserati along the Las Vegas Strip.
Mr Cherry's great aunt, Patricia Sims, of Oakland, California, told the AP news agency that the victim's parents were flying to Las Vegas to claim their son's body.
"Right now my heart is breaking," Ms Sims said. "This has really been a tragedy. Kenny was just a delightful kid."
The incident occurred near to where rapper Tupac Shakur was shot on September 7, 1996, while riding in a BMW with Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight after the two men had attended a Mike Tyson boxing match.
Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie told a news conference that police had few leads on the Range Rover or its occupants.
He said the men were considered "armed and dangerous", and they had launched a multi-state search and were seeking help from the public.
Sheriff Gillespie said: "I have been asked by many of you this morning, 'Is the Las Vegas Strip safe?' Yes it is."
After being hit by Mr Cherry's out-of-control Maserati, the cab exploded into flames in the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, a popular tourist area in front of several casino resorts, killing the driver and a passenger.
The taxi driver has been identified as Michael Boldon. The 62-year-old father and grandfather from Michigan moved to Las Vegas less than two years ago, his sister told the AP.
"This doesn't happen where we come from, not on this scale," said Mark Thompson, who was visiting from Manchester, England, with his wife.
"We get stabbings, and gang violence, but this is like something out of a movie. Like Die Hard or something."
Another witness said: "There was a loud bang and I hear two other booms. I looked out my window at Caesar's Palace ... and could see the fireball."
The gunfire and collision near the Bellagio and Caesar's Palace hotels triggered another crash involving four other vehicles.
At least four people were hurt, including a passenger in the Maserati.
The Range Rover sped off and was last seen near the Venetian resort as it headed north from the scene.
Sky's Jeff Randall, who was on the Las Vegas Strip, said: "People here are utterly bewildered because this is a city that has tried to portray itself as family friendly and the last thing in the world the leisure barons want here is a rolling gun battle and what police are describing as a massive crime scene."