Las Vegas strip shooting suspect has 'live fast, die young' tattoos

Las Vegas strip shooting suspect has 'live fast, die young' tattoos

Credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Ammar Harris, 26, is the prime suspect in the Feb. 21 Las Vegas strip shooting that left three dead and several wounded.

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by ABC News' Christina Ng

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM

(ABC News) -- The fugitive shooting suspect in the Las Vegas strip attack that killed rapper Kenny Clutch in his Maserati and two people in a taxi has the words "Live fast, die young" ominously tattooed on his shoulders.

The tattoo is visible in a new photo released by police of suspect Ammar Harris. "Live fast" is printed on one shoulder and "die young" is on the other. He also has a heart-shaped tattoo below his right eye and an owl tattoo on his neck.


Harris, 26, has been named the primary suspect in the Feb. 21 shooting that killed three people. An arrest warrant for Harris has been issued.

Police are calling him "absolutely armed and dangerous."

"The focus is to find him and we will find him," Las Vegas Metropolitan Officer Jose Hernandez told ABCNews.com today. "We're leaving nothing unturned."

A nationwide search is on for Harris with police reaching out to law enforcement agencies across the country.

"We don't have any indication that he's left so we're just conducting this investigation and continuing to provide information to outside agencies," Hernandez said.

Harris' lengthy criminal history includes charges of pandering with the use of force, robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping, according to ABC News' Las Vegas affiliate KTNV. Authorities are "making tremendous progress," Hernandez said, but most of the details of the investigation remain under wraps since the situation is ongoing.

The verbal altercation between Harris and Clutch, 27, whose legal name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., originated in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel, police said.

Police said Harris fired several rounds into the Maserati that was being driven by Cherry as both vehicles continued northbound on glitzy Las Vegas Boulevard.

The rapper's expensive sports car careened out of control after he was shot, slamming into several cars, including a taxi. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon and a female passenger identified as Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash. Witnesses said it looked like the car exploded.

A passenger in the Maserati was hit and sustained only a minor injury to his arm. Clutch died at University Medical Center.

The SUV allegedly driven by Harris was found Saturday in the garage of a gated apartment complex where police believe Harris was living.

"We are confident that Ammar Harris was and is the only shooter on that night," Las Vegas Lt. Ray Steiber said at a news conference. "Right now, we're utilizing any resource we can and some can be from California all the way to Maine if we have to."

Authorities emphasized that they will not rest until Harris is found and anyone who may be helping him hide would also be guilty of crimes.

"To anyone who is aware of his location, or is assisting Ammar Harris in any way, you will be arrested and prosecuted," Las Vegas Metropolitan Captain Chris Jones said at the news conference. "You may think you're being a friend, but keep in mind Ammar Harris is wanted for the murder of three citizens."

Harris is described as 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department's homicide division at (702) 828-3521.

 

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