Police Call 22-Year-Old Woman “Person of Interest” in Las Vegas Strip Shooting
After identifying the gunman behind the shoot-out on the Las Vegas strip that killed three people, police have now identified another person of interest in the case: a 22-year-old woman named Tineesha Lashun Howard.
Las Vegas police said Howard was riding with shooter Ammar Harris in his SUV when he opened fire on the Maserati being driven by 27-year-old Kenneth Wayne Cherry. Jr, an alleged pimp and aspiring rapper who went by the alias “Kenny Clutch.”
Clutch was fatally wounded and he lost control of his silver sports car, which crashed into a taxicab at an intersection at the heart of the Las Vegas strip near several popular casino resort hotels, like Bally’s, Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio. The two people inside the cab were killed instantly after it exploded upon impact.
Since the incident, 26-year-old Ammar Harris, a native of Miami, Florida, has been the subject of a multi-state manhunt, and police say that he has a long criminal history that includes arrests for robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping and soliciting prostitution, Yahoo! News reported.
According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Officer Bill Cassell, police believe that Harris is a pimp, and is “involved in the sex trade.”
Police are calling him a “missing and possibly endangered individual,” and describe him as African American male who is 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, and has several tattoos, including a large black-eyed owl on his neck, and a small heart on his upper right cheek. As we reported this week, Harris also has tattoos on his shoulders that read “Live Fast, Die Young.”
Police officials say Howard is a “missing and possibly endangered individual” from the Miami area. “She’s listed as a missing person,” Officer Bill Cassell said. “How she went missing is part of the Miami Police Department’s investigation.”
Yahoo! News reported:
Several photos released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department showed Howard and Harris together in each others’ arms. In one of them they are seen riding in a sport utility vehicle, possibly the Range Rover.
The Range Rover used in the shooting, which bore paper dealer plates, has been impounded by police, but officials have not said where they found the luxury sport utility vehicle. No weapons were recovered from inside.
Earlier on Tuesday, Las Vegas taxicab companies pledged $35,000 toward a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Harris.
Authorities say the dramatic shooting in a busy intersection of the desert resort city may have stemmed from a verbal altercation in the valet area of the Aria Resort and Casino a few blocks away on the Strip.