LAS VEGAS, NV – Something you don’t expect to see in Vegas is “nothing.” But that was how to describe the traffic when cops shut down the famous strip after a woman, with a child in the backseat, used her car to clear the sidewalk in front of the Paris Las Vegas hotel.
One person died and at least 35 were hurt.
"Initial calls to 911 indicated a vehicle had driven onto a sidewalk and struck several pedestrians,” said Sheriff Joe Lombardo. “And someone thought there may have been gunshots. I'm here to tell you, right now, there was no gunshots that we could determine.”
Police arrested 24-year-old Lakeisha Holloway of Oregon. They charged her with murder and child abuse or neglect.
Antonio Nassar saw the whole thing. "She rode the sidewalk. She came to a stop right here at the Paris intersection, and then she was like. People were punching the window trying to get the, apparently, child out of the back seat. She accelerated again and just kept mowing everyone down."
There are reports Holloway and her daughter had been living in the car for a couple of weeks while she looked for modeling work.
Las Vegas police say she appeared to be calm after the incident. They’ve ruled out terrorism, but they still don’t know why she did it. They’re treating it as an intentional act, and not the kind of act tourists pay to see in the city of 24-hour attractions.