One person was killed and 37 injured in the heart of the Las Vegas strip last night as a car veered onto a sidewalk on Las Vegas Boulevard at least twice in what authorities say was “not an act of terrorism” but are investigating as an “intentional act.” The driver of the car, a woman in her 20s, was taken into custody shortly after the incident, which took place near the Paris and Planet Hollywood casinos and across the street from the Bellagio. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Deputy Chief Brett Zimmerman said terrorism has been ruled out as a cause, but that the crash is being investigated as intentional. He said early reports of gunshots being fired at about the same time as the crash were false.
Zimmerman also said the woman hit pedestrians in at least two separate sidewalk sections, driving onto the sidewalk, then onto the road and back on the sidewalk before leaving the scene.
It’s not clear what police mean by saying that the driver’s actions were intentional but did not constitute terrorism.
A 3-year-old child who was in the car, a 1996 Oldsmobile that is reportedly registered in Oregon, was not hurt.