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Report releases new details about Strip shooting and name of passenger

Posted at 10:53 AM, Mar 01, 2013
and last updated 2015-10-09 19:25:27-04

A report just released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identifies the other man in the Maserati involved in the deadly shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on Feb. 21 as 26-year-old Freddie Walters.

Ammar Harris is accused of shooting and killing Kenneth Cherry Jr. as they drove down the Las Vegas Strip in separate vehicles after an altercation in the valet area of the Aria.

The report also reveals new details about the events leading up to the shooting.

Surveillance video has revealed that Harris arrived at the Aria at about 1:30 a.m. the morning of the shooting. He was accompanied by a female and were joined by two other females and a male as they entered the Aria's north lobby.

Cherry and Walters did not arrive at the Aria until shortly before 4 a.m. They entered the casino via the north lobby doors and remained in the lobby area until they walked out a few minutes later.

Prior to Cherry and Walters leaving, surveillance video shows that Harris approached the driver's door of the Maserati before walking toward the casino. The Maserati then left.

At about 4:10 a.m., the female who was with Harris left the casino, walked into the valet area and got into the Range Rover. Harris followed about a minuted later.

A few minutes later, a taxi's video camera caught Cherry's Maserati at a stoplight at Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. It then recorded Harris pulling up alongside Cherry, rolling down his window, and yelling at Cherry.

The taxi's video camera went on to record the two cars chasing each other on the Strip. At approximately 4:18 a.m., the first shot was fired.

About nine seconds later, two more gunshots were recorded on the taxi's camera and in another 5 seconds, three more gunshots were recorded.

At approximately 4:19:19, Cherry's Maserati ran a red light and struck the passenger side of a Desert Cab that was traveling east on Flamingo Road.

The taxi burst into flames and the Maserati, which was severely damaged, came to rest a short distance north of the intersection.

There were also other occupied vehicles damaged in the incident.

After the Maserati ran into the taxi, the Range Rover drove north through the intersection and continued north on Las Vegas Boulevard.

When police and medical personnel arrived, they determined that Cherry had been shot in the chest and Walters was shot in the left arm.

Cherry was pronounced dead a short time later at University Medical Center. Walters survived.

Detectives did not find any weapons in the Maserati or any evidence that Cherry or Walters had a weapon during the incident.

Harris is being charged with a total of 11 counts at this time including attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon; discharging firearm at or into a structure, vehicle, aircraft or watercraft; discharging a firearm out of a motor vehicle; and three counts of murder with a deadly weapon.