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Three dead in car-to-car shooting on Las Vegas Strip

Wrecked cars are seen on Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Avenue as Las Vegas Metro Police investigate a shooting and multi-car accident that left three people dead and three injured on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada in the early morning February 21, 2013.

Wrecked cars are seen on Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Avenue as Las Vegas Metro Police investigate a shooting and multi-car accident that left three people dead and three injured on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada in the early morning February 21, 2013.

LAS VEGAS — Three people were killed and at least four others were hurt in a car-to-car shooting and crash early on Thursday on the Las Vegas Strip, police said.

A person in a black Range Rover Sport opened fire on a Maserati at about 4:20 a.m. (1220 GMT) as the cars traveled north in front of the Strip's Bellagio and Bally's casinos, said Officer Jose Hernandez, a police spokesman.

The Range Rover fled the scene.

The driver of the Maserati lost control of the car and crashed into a taxi, which burst into flames. The Maserati, which had a passenger, struck another four cars, he said.

The drivers of the Maserati and the taxi were killed, as was a passenger in the taxi. The Maserati passenger and three others were taken to a hospital.

There was no known motive for the shooting, Hernandez said. The Strip was partly shut down after the shooting.

Hernandez said police had received "quite a few" calls about the shooting, which meant there were multiple witnesses.

"The Strip is a busy place," he said. "It's truly a 24-hour town, and that means we'll get help with investigating this incident."