Maserati driver in Vegas shooting-crash was rapper

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The effects of the shooting and crashes were felt hours later as the Strip remained closed, snarling traffic, until it reopened late Thursday.

“The people I feel sorry for are the people in the taxi,” said Elvina Joyce, a tourist from Regina, Saskatchewan. “Seconds made all the difference in the world for them. Wrong place, wrong time.”

The irony that a sports car would end the life of a man with such a love for fancy vehicles wasn’t lost on Boldon’s sister.

“He would have been tickled to death: `Damn, of all things, a Maserati hit me, took me out like that,’” Trimble said. “I’m happy he didn’t suffer.”

The area near the shooting and crash has been the site of high-profile violence in the past.

Rapper Tupac Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996 about a block away under similar circumstances, as assailants opened fire on his luxury sedan from a vehicle on Flamingo Road. The killing has never been solved.

There have been several violent episodes in Las Vegas in recent months.

Two people were critically wounded in a shooting at a parking garage Feb. 6, and a tourist was stabbed Feb. 16 in an elevator at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay.

On New Year’s Eve at the Circus Circus hotel-casino, a man fired a revolver into the ground just off the main casino floor. Less than two weeks earlier, a woman allegedly slashed the face of a blackjack dealer at the Bellagio.

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Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Hannah Dreier in Las Vegas and Garance Burke in San Francisco, and researchers Judith Ausuebel, Jennifer Farrar and Lynn Dombek.

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