Las Vegas Drive-By Shooter Identified?
Authorities have named the suspect in the fatal Las Vegas shooting that led to the deaths of three people.
Police believe that 26-year-old Ammar Asim Faruq Harris was the trigger man in the black Range Rover responsible for the shooting last week, reports CNN.
The Range Rover had pulled up to a Maserati at an intersection on the Vegas strip. Harris is believed to have opened fire, killing aspiring rapper Kenny Clutch in the Maserati. The Maserati then continued into an intersection where it collided with a taxi. The cab driver and his passenger were killed.
The shooting occurred near Caesars Palace and only blocks away from where Tupac Shakur was killed, reports CNN. With the help of surveillance footage from the nearby casinos, the police were able to identify Harris. No charges were specified.
Once captured, Harris could face very severe penalties for the crime including the possible death penalty.
There are several different types of homicide in Nevada. This can include first degree murder, second degree murder, as well as manslaughter charges. For the shooting, Harris could face both first degree and second degree murder charges.
First Degree Murder
First degree murder generally includes willful, intentional, and deliberate killings. If the facts are true, and Harris pulled up to the Maserati and shot into it, he could face first degree murder charges for the killing of Kenny Clutch. Prosecutors will have to show that he intended to kill Clutch when he fired into the vehicle. The penalties for first degree murder can include the death penalty.
Second Degree Murder
Second degree murder generally includes all types of murder other than first degree murder. For example, this can include intentional acts that are so reckless as to likely cause death.
Harris could face second degree murder charges for the deaths of the cab driver and passenger. While he may not have had the intent to kill either of them, his acts of shooting into the Maserati may have been so reckless as to likely cause death to innocent bystanders.
Someone convicted of second degree murder faces the possibility of life imprisonment, but not the death penalty.
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