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Las Vegas Strip Shooting Update: Tineesha Howard, Miami woman, identified as person of interest in shooting, crash, police say

This undated photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Tineesha Lashun Howard. Howard has been identified as a person of interest, in the case of Ammar Harris, who is wanted as the suspect in a Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash that left three dead last week. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Tineesha Howard
AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

(CBS/AP) LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A Miami woman was identified Tuesday as a person of interest in a Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash that left three people dead, police said.

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Police said 22-year-old Tineesha Howard was in a black SUV with 27-year-old Ammar Harris last week when he fired shots into a Maserati sports car at a self-promoted rapper who investigators said argued with Harris minutes earlier in the valet area of a classy Strip resort.

Kenneth Cherry Jr., 27, was mortally wounded before his Maserati accelerated and slammed into a taxi that burst into flames, killing 62-year-old taxi driver Michael Boldon and his passenger, 48-year-old Sandra Sutton-Wasmund.

Police said Howard was considered missing and possibly in danger.

Colleagues of the slain taxi driver posted a $35,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to Harris' arrest.

"We lost one of our own in cab driver Michael Boldon," said Brent Bell, president of Whittlesea Bell Corp. and the trustee of a trust fund established to pay the reward.

Bell called the Sutton-Wasmund's death "no less tragic," and said taxi drivers' hearts also went out to Cherry's family in Oakland, Calif.

Investigators said there were several people in the black Range Rover SUV when the shots rang out, but they have only identified Harris and Howard. Police said Howard also uses the name Yenesis Alfonzo and Harris uses the name Ammar Asim Faruq Harris.

A police statement said Howard was arrested multiple times on charges including prostitution, trespassing, possession of a stolen vehicle and grand larceny. It wasn't immediately known if those arrests led to convictions.

Harris, who was convicted in South Carolina in 2004 of felony possession with intent to sell a stolen pistol and convicted in Atlanta of a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, is sought in Las Vegas on three murder charges.

Police have said they won't rest until he is in custody.

"We are confident we know what happened and how," Las Vegas police homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said Tuesday of the shooting and six-vehicle crash. "All this is about now is locating him and arresting him."

Police arrested Harris last year in Las Vegas in a 2010 prostitution case. 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 charges. Court records show that case was dismissed last June.

Ads with Harris' photo also were posted Monday on billboards along major southern Nevada freeways. Police said Harris should be considered armed and dangerous.

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