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Rapper 'Kenny Clutch' dies in Las Vegas shooting-crash

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Media captionSergeant John Sheahan of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police describes the incident

An aspiring rapper has been identified as one of three people killed in a shooting and car crash on the Las Vegas Strip, local media report.

Kenneth Cherry Jr, 27, known as Kenny Clutch, was driving a Maserati when a gunman in a Range Rover opened fire into the car early on Thursday.

The Maserati then struck a taxi, which exploded, killing the driver and passenger inside, as well as Cherry.

Authorities have launched a multi-state manhunt for the Range Rover.

Mr Cherry was pronounced dead at University Medical Center hospital, police said. Police have identified the dead cab driver as Michael Boldon, 62; the cab's passenger has not been publicly identified.

Police say the luxury sport utility vehicle was occupied by "multiple black males", and officers consider the suspects armed and dangerous.

In addition to the Maserati, five other cars were involved in the crash.

A passenger in the Maserati suffered a minor wound to his arm, and was among four others taken to hospital.

The incident occurred at about 04:30 local time (12:30 GMT) at the junction of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Police believe the incident occurred after an altercation in the valet parking area at the Aria Hotel, a nearby hotel and casino. Authorities are still investigating whether the two groups already knew each other.

Image caption The incident has unnerved residents and tourists after a series of violent incidents since the new year

According to investigators, the two vehicles left the hotel and were stopped at a red light when a person in the Range Rover Sport opened fire.

Struck by gunfire, the Maserati's driver, later identified as Cherry, sped into the intersection and hit the taxi, which burst into flames, causing the six-car crash.

The Range Rover, which police said had large black wheel rims and tinted windows, had fled the scene by the time police arrived.

The shooting and crash took place in the heart of Las Vegas's tourist area, near some of the most famous hotels on the Strip, including the Bellagio and Caesars Palace.

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