According to Las Vegas Police, around 4 a.m. Thursday a dispute in the valet area of the Aria Hotel touched off the violence.
At the intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas boulevards, a passenger in a black Range Rover opened fire on the driver of a Maserati, who then drove through a red light and crashed into a taxi. The taxi burst into flames, trapping and killing the driver and his passenger.
The crash set off a chain-reaction of collisions in the intersection. Four other vehicles were involved. Several people were injured.
Police say the driver of the Maserati, Kenneth Cherry, better known as rapper Kenny Clutch, was killed by the gunfire.
The Range Rover sped from the scene. Police launched a multi-state search for the vehicle. It was described as having dark tinted windows and black rims. It reportedly bore out-of-state dealer license plates.
The Vegas Strip reopened Thursday night. The violence stunned visitors to the famous tourist destination.
"That was insane. I walked out of the hotel this morning and there was like police tape everywhere," said Jared Bates of Ohio.
Back in 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and killed just a few hundred yards from Thursday's crime scene.