Las Vegas police say a driver intentionally veered her car onto a crowded Las Vegas strip sidewalk Sunday night, killing one and injuring more than 30 others.
Police have not released the driver’s name but have reported the driver was a woman in her 20s with a 3-year-old child in the car at the time of the incident.
Authorities initially said at least one person was killed and 37 others were injured near the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, CNN reports. Witnesses said the woman was driving down Las Vegas Boulevard in a 1996 Oldsmobile before her car jumped onto the sidewalk and started striking pedestrians.
Police say they believe the incident was an intentional act, though they do not believe it was a terrorist act. The driver was arrested and is undergoing tests for alcohol and controlled substances. The 3-year-old was not injured.
“This was not an act of terrorism,” said Brett Zimmerman, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department deputy chief. “We are treating this as an intentional act.”
Zimmerman said the driver went onto the sidewalk at least three or four times. Homicide division officials are looking at numerous surveillance videos from the Strip.
Witness Antonio Nassar said people were scrambling to stop the woman. “The car rolled right in front of me. By the time I looked over to the right, all you could see was (her) driving away, and people were bouncing off the front of the car. She rode the sidewalk, came to a stop at the Paris intersection. People were punching into the window. She accelerated again and just kept mowing people down,” Nassar told CNN.
Emergency vehicles gathered at various spots with lights flashing. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department urged witnesses to flag down officers at the scene and give them a statement. A portion of Las Vegas Boulevard was closed after the incident and was reopened Monday morning, the Police Department said.
University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the hospital treated the injured. Of the 15 patient who arrived, one died, two were discharged, three are in critical condition and nine are in serious condition.
“Everyone was running … and as I was running, I saw a car up on the sidewalk coming toward us,” a witness told KLAS. “I saw a lady … she didn’t seem like she wanted to stop the car, she had both hands on her wheel, and she was looking straight forward.” She said others tried to stop the driver and drag the toddler out.
“I saw men running after her, yelling, ‘Stop, stop!’ As she was passing, we saw people running after her. Everyone was so frantic and just running around.”
Police did not identify the driver, but said it appeared she recently had moved to the area, NBC News reports.
“This is a huge tragedy that has occurred on our Strip,” police Lt. Peter Boffelli said.