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Cops: Woman thought to have been with Vegas shooting suspect may be in danger

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department photograph shows Tineesha Lashun Howard, also know as Yenesis Alfonzo, 22 years of age of Miami Florida, with Ammar Harris.

A 22-year-old woman has been named as a person of interest in the shooting that lit up the Las Vegas Strip last week, leaving three dead.

Police said Tineesha Lashun Howard, a Miami resident who is also known as Yenesis Alfonzo, was thought to have been in an SUV with the suspect sought in the shooting.

The green-eyed, brown-haired woman was listed as missing and might be in danger, police said, according to NBCLosAngeles.com.

Suspect Ammar Harris, 26, has a criminal history involving soliciting prostitution, trespassing, grand larceny, and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to police.

Investigators believe Harris was at the wheel of a black Range Rover and fired the shots that killed aspiring rapper Kenneth Cherry, 27, as the victim drove his silver Maserati through a section of the Strip that includes Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, and Bally’s.

The gunfire caused the Maserati to spin out of control, crashing into a taxi that exploded into a fireball, killing the two occupants, police say.

Harris is also suspected of being “involved in the sex trade,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Officer Bill Cassell told Reuters.

What relationship Harris and Howard may share is so far unknown, but police in Florida have said the woman is "missing and possible endangered," NBCLosAngeles.com reported.

"She's listed as a missing person," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Officer Bill Cassell said, according to Reuters. "How she went missing is part of the Miami Police Department's investigation."

The manhunt for Harris, who has lived in South Carolina and Georgia, has widened to the southeastern states.

“We have him identified,” Las Vegas police Captain Chris Jones told the Associated Press. “Now the focus is on locating and apprehending him. We’re getting help all over the place.”

A SWAT team did not find Harris when they raided a Las Vegas apartment on Saturday after the SUV suspected of being involved in the shooting was found in a garage near the Strip.

Police have said that the shooting on the neon-lit thoroughfare may have come about after Cherry and Harris got into a verbal altercation in the valet area of the nearby Aria Resort and Casino.

Anyone who is “harboring” Harris as police cast their multi-state net for him may face charges as well, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lieutenant Ray Steiber told a press conference on Monday.

“We are utilizing every available resource at our disposal to locate and take into custody Mr. Harris,” Steiber said. “He’s wanted for three murders.”

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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