Las Vegas Strip stabbing leaves at least 2 dead, suspect in custody

At least two people were killed and half a dozen injured after a man went on a stabbing rampage Thursday near a casino in Las Vegas, police said.

Las Vegas police received a report of a stabbing at 11:42 a.m. Officers arriving at the scene “quickly identified the suspect” and took him into custody “without further incident,” law enforcement said in a statement. The arrest occurred within a “matter of minutes” after the stabbings at 3100 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at an afternoon news conference.

The stabbing attacks occurred in broad daylight in an area frequented by tourists, near the Wynn casino.

The eight victims included one who was pronounced dead at the scene and another who was pronounced dead at University Medical Center, a hospital a few miles from where the incident occurred. Of the six people injured, three are in critical condition, the police said. The victims included both tourists and locals, Lombardo said.

The suspect is a man who appears to be in his early 30s and is probably not a local resident, law enforcement said. Police officers were not able to immediately determine the suspect’s motives, but the stabbing appears to have been unprovoked, James LaRochelle, a senior Las Vegas police official, told reporters.

A “large knife with a long blade” was recovered at the scene, he added.

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The suspect initially stabbed two people, before going south, and stabbing five more people. An eighth person was stabbed at a third nearby location, LaRochelle said.

Although police did not release the identities of the victims, witnesses told local media that they included showgirls.

The alleged assailant said he was a chef, witnesses told KTNV Las Vegas, and had asked to take photos with the showgirls. When they declined, he began the attack, KTNV reported.

A witness interviewed by a local television station said she saw one victim screaming that he had been stabbed. He took off his T-shirt, apparently to put pressure on his chest wound, before sitting down at the bottom of an escalator, shaking. It took around ten minutes before first responders arrived to treat the man, she said.

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