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Suspect arrested in shooting that killed two near Strip

A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting near the Strip that left two women dead and a man critically injured Friday morning, police said.

Omar Talley, 30, was taken into custody without incident Saturday, according to a release from the Metropolitan Police Department. Police did not release Talley’s hometown.

Talley was booked into booked into the Clark County Detention Center where he faces charges of murder with a deadly weapon, attempted murder with a deadly weapon, discharging a gun at/into an occupied vehicle (six counts), and discharging a gun from a vehicle (6 counts).

The two women killed in the shooting have been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Melissa Mendoza, 27, and Jennifer Chicas, 27, both from California, The cause and manner of their deaths have not yet been reported.

The shooting stemmed from a fight involving several men at the parking garage of Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, around 1:18 a.m. Friday, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

After the fight was broken up by security guards, a silver Hyundai pulled onto Audrie Street followed by a dark gray 2015 Toyota Camry. Lt. Dan McGrath of Metro’s homicide section said that a man, described as a black man in his early 20s, was seen on surveillance footage getting out of the Camry and aiming a gun at the Hyundai.

Police received calls around 1:30 a.m. reporting gunfire. Responding officers at the intersection of Harmon Avenue and Aldebaran Avenue found a woman suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. She was taken to University Medical Center, where she later died.

A second woman was found unconscious and suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in a car that entered the valet area of The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, police said. She was also taken to UMC, where she later died. A man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds was also found in the car with the woman and transported to UMC in critical condition.

Based on evidence at the scene, police believe the shooting took place at or near Harmon Boulevard and Aldebaran Avenue, the release said. 

Detectives are still seeking the public’s assistance in locating the Camry believed to be connected with this homicide. The car bears the California license plate 7MNJ601.

— Contact Christian Bertolaccini at cbertolaccini@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @bertolaccinic Contact Marian Green at mgreen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5205. Find her on Twitter: @mgreen0708

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