One person was killed and another 30 were injured when a woman intentionally swerved her car on to a busy pavement on the Las Vegas Strip, mowing down pedestrians.
The crash in front of the Paris and Planet Hollywood hotels occurred on a busy stretch of the Strip across from the dancing water fountains at the Bellagio, where visitors crowd pavements as they walk from one casino to another. The Miss Universe pageant was being held at the Planet Hollywood resort at the time.
Police believe the crash was an intentional act by a woman in her 20s who “went up and off these streets, two or possibly three times”.
A three-year-old child was in the vehicle with her but was not hurt, police captain Brett Zimmerman said.
The woman is being interviewed with charges pending. Police did not give a possible motive.
The vehicle was in the north-bound lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard near Bellagio Way when it drove up on to the pavement at about 6.30pm local time on Sunday in front of the Paris hotel and struck pedestrians. The person killed was an adult.
Mr Zimmerman said police are reviewing video from surveillance cameras, and added: “We know this was not an act of terrorism. We will comb through that footage to get a detailed idea of what occurred.”
After the crash, the vehicle continued to head east on Flamingo Road before it was found at a hotel. The driver was taken into custody there, police said.
Justin Cochrane, a property manager from Santa Barbara, California, said he was having dinner at a pavement restaurant outside the Paris hotel when the incident took place.
The car appeared to be going at least 30mph when it first hit the pedestrians on Las Vegas Boulevard, Mr Cochrane said. “It was just massacring people,” he added.
The vehicle then went farther down the road and drove back into another crowd of pedestrians on the pavement, he added.
Mr Cochrane said he could not understand why the car went into the crowd a second time. “Why would it slow to go around and then accelerate again?” he said. “I thought it’s a crazy person.”
He said he saw children and adults injured and on the ground as the car drove away.