Las Vegas stabbing: At least 8 victims on famous tourist strip; 2 dead, says LVMPD

Las Vegas, Nevada– Two people died and at least six others were injured in a series of unprovoked stabbings in the city’s popular tourist hub on Thursday.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said its officers responded to a stabbing involving multiple victims outside a casino on the 3100 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard around 11:42 a.m

This block includes notable casino properties such as Resorts World Las Vegas, Wynn, and Encore Las Vegas, as well as a nearby shopping street.

LVMPD initially tweeted that at least six victims were found immediately, one of whom was pronounced dead.

The police department later tweeted that other victims were being transported to area hospitals with an unknown extent of injuries.

In a later briefing with reporters, LVMPD increased the death toll to two people and the number of injured to six, three of whom are in critical condition. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second died at University Medical Center.

A suspect was arrested and police closed streets to look for evidence.

Police said the unidentified suspect had a significant amount of blood on his sleeve at the time of arrest.

Police have not yet identified a motive, but believe a large kitchen knife was used to carry out the attacks. They added that the crime scene is safe and there is no further danger to the public.

Stabbing committed across half a block of the Strip, police say

At an afternoon briefing at LVMPD headquarters, police leadership illustrated what appears to be a criminal trail on sidewalks that are normally filled with both tourists and local outdoor entertainers trying to make money.

The first stabbing was unprovoked and occurred on the sidewalk next to the Wynn Hotel, Deputy Police Commissioner James LaRochelle said.

The suspect, who LaRochelle described as a Hispanic man in his 30s who was recently visiting the city, continued south, leaving five other victims at various locations.

The man then left the Strip along a street next to the Palazzo Hotel-Casino, where another victim was injured, LaRochelle said. This happened all the time while concerned citizens followed him.

The rampage continued until a security guard and a police officer arrested the man within minutes next to the Palazzo’s parking garage entrance, Sheriff Joe Lombardo added.

Police mentioned that the suspect had verbally identified himself, but they were still working to confirm his name.

Police also presented video showing the man fleeing amid the chaos he allegedly caused.

Photographing “showgirls” were among the victims, say bystanders

The sheriff determined that the victims were a combination of Las Vegas locals and tourists.

Witnesses told Las Vegas TV stations that the stabbings occurred at multiple locations and some of the victims appeared to be showgirls taking photos with tourists on the Strip.

Pierre Fandrich tells KTNV that he did not see the stabbing suspect as he walked down the Strip. But he said he thinks he heard “three or four showgirls laughing,” although it turned out to be screaming.

Fandrich said he saw “a lot of blood” as a woman ran across the bridge, one prone and another stabbed in the back as she tried to help the fallen woman.

Fandrich also told KTNV that he thought one of the victims fell off the bridge because there was so much blood on the ground.

Mass brawls come days after a somber anniversary

The mass crime event takes place five days away from the area and marks five years since a gunman opened fire on visitors to a country music festival from a high-rise hotel on October 1, 2017.

The incident left 58 dead, marking it as the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

FULL COVERAGE: 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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