Two people died and six were injured in a knife attack outside a casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
The attacker, named by police as Yoni Barrios, 32, was armed with a large kitchen knife during the “unprovoked” attack.
Showgirls and street performers are believed to be among those injured in the attack on Las Vegas Boulevard across from the casino and Wynn Hotel around 11:40 a.m.
Of the six injured taken to hospital, three are in critical condition and the other three are believed to be stable.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office named the two deceased as Las Vegas residents Brent Hallett, 47, and Maris DiGiovanni, 30, according to local reports.
Ms DiGiovanni’s brother Gage paid tribute to his ‘super little sister’ on Facebook, asking friends to pray for her husband and family.
Barrios, who does not live in the city, fled on foot but was chased by bystanders and arrested.
He faces two counts of murder and six of attempted murder, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced Friday.
Police recovered a “large, long-bladed knife” believed to have been used in the attacks.
No other suspects are believed to be involved.
Police said it was too early to speculate on a motive and the attack was “difficult to understand”.
However, a witness told a local TV station that the suspect was a chef who wanted to take a picture with a group of showgirls and his knife.
He went wild when the group refused, the woman told KTNV.
Other witnesses said they saw “a lot of blood” and heard the screams of victims.
Jason Adams told KLAS-TV, “This guy came and ran and started stabbing this lady in front of me and she ran around the escalators and she was trying to get up under the bridge and her girlfriend was trying to stab her. ‘help,’ he said. .
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said, “Residents and tourists are the victims of this crime.”
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak wrote on social media: “Our hearts are with everyone affected by this tragedy.”
“At the state level, we will continue to work with law enforcement partners to make resources available on the ground and ensure the Las Vegas Strip remains a safe and welcoming place for everyone.”