Two people have been killed and six more wounded in stabbings on the Las Vegas Strip
Police stated that on Thursday, an assailant armed with a huge kitchen knife stabbed and murdered two people and injured six others on the Las Vegas Strip before being apprehended.
According to the Las Vegas police, they started receiving 911 reports about the stabbings at around 11:40 a.m. on the northern end of the Strip, and by the time they arrived at the scene, three persons were in critical condition and another three were in stable condition.
The suspect reportedly gave his name and description to police, and they are currently investigating his “true identity.” They said he is Hispanic, in his 30s, and not from Las Vegas.
It has been decided to withhold the identities of the two victims until their families have been notified, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
Lombardo remarked at a press conference, “Locals and tourists are the victims of this crime,”
The initial stabbing occurred on the eastern sidewalk of Las Vegas Boulevard, as reported by Deputy Chief James LaRochelle of the Metro Police Department. He claimed that the perpetrator continued southward and stabbed more people.
The man allegedly ran away and was eventually apprehended by responding 911 callers. LaRochelle called it a “large knife with a long blade” and stated that police had found the “hard-to-comprehend murder investigation.” they suspected had been used.
Lombardo stated that “the Strip is secure.” adding that there were no more suspects.
The police have claimed that it is too early in the inquiry to speculate on a probable motive for the stabbings.
Some of the fatalities may have been showgirls or street performers who pose for photographs with visitors, according to reports from Las Vegas television stations.
A witness told that the guy initially claimed to be a chef who wanted to take a picture with some of the showgirls while brandishing his knife, but then he began stabbing others after they denied his offer.
Canadian tourist Pierre Fandrich told that he did not witness the stabber while he was strolling along the Strip. However, he claimed that he heard what sounded like “three or four showgirls laughing,” but was actually screams.
One woman was running across a bridge, another was on the ground, and a third had a knife wound on her back from trying to help the fallen woman, all of which Fandrich described as “a lot of blood”
Fandrich told that he saw blood on the ground and assumed that one of the victims had fallen off the bridge.