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Ammar Harris, Las Vegas Strip shooting suspect, expected to be extradited from L.A.

This photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Ammar Harris in a booking photo from a 2012 arrest in Las Vegas. Police have identified Harris as a suspect in a shooting that sent a Maserati into a taxi that exploded, killing three people on Feb. 21, 2013 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) Uncredited

Ammar Harris in a booking photo from a 2012 arrest in Las Vegas.
AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Ammar Harris, the alleged gunman in a Las Vegas strip shooting that left three people dead, is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Monday for an extradition proceeding, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

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Harris, 26, surrendered to a fugitive apprehension team of police and FBI agents who found him a little after noon on Thursday inside a Studio City apartment where a woman answered the door, authorities said.

His arrest in Los Angeles ended an intense multi-state search that began after the Feb. 21 attack at a neon-lit intersection home to posh casino resorts such as Bellagio, Bally's Flamingo and Caesars Palace.

Court documents allege Harris was driving his black Range Rover SUV when he fired into a Maserati sports car, killing self-promoted rapper Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr. The two men had argued minutes earlier in the valet area of a Las Vegas Strip resort, authorities said.

The Maserati, with Cherry mortally wounded at the wheel, sped forward and slammed into a taxi that burst into flames. The 62-year-old cabbie, Michael Boldon, and his passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Wash., were killed.

In all, six cars were involved in the crash, and five other people were injured. None of those injuries was life-threatening, authorities said.

Two days later, police located Harris' SUV parked two blocks east of the crash scene at an apartment complex where Harris rented a unit. Harris wasn't there.

Lt. Ray Steiber, who headed the investigation, said Thursday that investigators learned that Harris fled Las Vegas "pretty rapidly" after the shooting and fiery crash.

Prosecutors obtained a warrant the day after the shooting for Harris' arrest on three murder, one attempted murder and several shooting charges. Authorities obtained a federal warrant Monday enabling the FBI to join the search in other states.

Harris was arrested last year in Las Vegas in a 2010 prostitution case using the name Ammar Asim Faruq Harris. He was charged with robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping and coercion with a weapon, and police sought charges of pandering by force and felon in possession of concealed weapon. Court records show that case was dismissed last June.

Harris was convicted in South Carolina in 2004 of felony possession with intent to sell a stolen pistol and convicted that same year in Atlanta of a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

He is currently booked in a Los Angeles jail on suspicion of murder and is expected to be extradited to Nevada following the hearing today.

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