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At Least One Killed, 36 Injured After Vehicle Hits Pedestrians on Las Vegas Strip (UPDATE: Police Say Crash Was Intentional but Terrorism Ruled Out)


"This is a huge tragedy that has happened on our Strip."

UPDATE 2:51 a.m. Monday ET: LAS VEGAS (TheBlaze/AP) — Police say a woman intentionally swerved her car onto a busy sidewalk two or three times Sunday and mowed down people outside a Las Vegas casino, killing one person and injuring at least 30 others.

Police say the black woman, who is in her 20s, had a 3-year-old child in the car with her at the time. The child was unharmed.

The woman who police said had recently arrived in Las Vegas drove a 1996 four-door Oldsmobile with Oregon license plates.

Lt. Dan McGrath says police now believe this was an intentional act by a woman in her 20s who "went up and off these streets, two or possibly three times." The woman is being interviewed and is having her blood drawn. She is being held in jail with charges pending.

Six patients who had been admitted to area hospitals in critical condition were stable after their initial treatment.

UPDATE 1:50 a.m. Monday ET: LAS VEGAS (TheBlaze/AP) — Las Vegas Police Capt. Brett Zimmerman said that while terrorism has been ruled out, the crash appears to be intentional.

The driver apparently drove onto the sidewalk, hitting pedestrians, then went back into the street before driving onto the sidewalk again at a different spot of Las Vegas Boulevard, hitting others. Zimmerman said police are reviewing video from casino-hotel surveillance cameras.

"We know this was not an act of terrorism," he said. "We will comb through that footage to get a detailed idea of what occurred. Right now from what we know, we're looking at it possibly being intentional."

He also said a three-year-old child was in the vehicle but was not hurt. Police said the driver of the car, a woman, also was not hurt.

Lt. Dan McGrath said the 1996 Oldsmobile was not registered to Nevada and the driver had recently moved to the area.

McGrath said that after the crash, the vehicle continued to drive east on Flamingo Road before it was found at a hotel. The woman was taken into custody by police and detectives were investigating whether she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol

McGrath said the pedestrians were not in the road and were not at fault. He added that the person who was killed is an adult.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One person was killed and six were in critical condition after a car crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk Sunday night on the Las Vegas Strip, police said.

Police and emergency crews respond to the scene of a car accident along Las Vegas Boulevard, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The vehicle was in the northbound lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard near Bellagio Way when the vehicle drove up onto the sideway in front of the Paris Hotel & Casino and struck pedestrians, including 37 people who were taken to the hospital, Lt. Peter Boffelli said. One person was killed, six were in critical condition, 26 injured and four were treated and released, he said.

"This is a huge tragedy that has happened on our Strip," Boffelli said.

Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell said the call for help came in at 6:38 p.m. and 70 emergency crew workers were sent to the scene.

The female driver left the scene. But she has since been taken into custody and is being interviewed and tested for alcohol and controlled substances.

Boffelli said the counter-terrorism unit was at the scene but a motive has not been determined. "(It's) unknown if it's an intentional act or impairment act," he said. Las Vegas Police Officer Jesse Roybal said the incident did not appear to be a terrorist act.

The Miss Universe pageant was being held nearby at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino at the time of the crash.

The Clark County Fire Department said in a statement that up to 50 people were given care by 70 emergency crew workers.

Police and emergency crews respond to the scene of a car accident along Las Vegas Boulevard, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Those in critical condition are being treated at University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center spokeswoman Stacy Acquista said 11 adults were in good condition as of 9 p.m. Danita Cohen, spokeswoman for University Medical Center, said 11 crash victims were brought to its trauma center. As of 10 p.m., one person had been discharged but three remained in critical condition, she said.

This story has been updated.

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