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Woman arrested for road rage shooting on Las Vegas Strip

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Updated: 12/31/2013 11:39 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV – Two people have been arrested in connection to what police are calling a road-rage shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

Brittanie Merritt-Burwell, 21, originally of Hollywood, Calif., and Joshua Youngblood, 28, no known address, were arrested Monday morning at a Burger King in the 3600 block of West Tropicana Avenue, a week after the shooting took place in the 3700 block of Las Vegas Boulevard South.

According to the Metro police report, the victim’s vehicle prevented the suspect’s vehicle, a white Chevy Impala, from changing lanes around 11:20 p.m. Dec. 23. One suspect, described as a heavyset black female, exited her car and approached the driver’s side of the other car, produced a handgun and shot the victim in the neck through the driver’s opened window. The vehicle rolled forward and stopped at the Hawaiian Marketplace.

The other suspect, who had exited the vehicle at the same time, entered the driver’s seat of the Impala. They tried to escape through the building at 3755 Las Vegas Boulevard South, but it did not have a rear exit, so they went back onto the Strip and fled through the Polo Towers parking lot.

Witnesses gave police a license plate number. Merritt-Burwell had been issued a warning citation on Dec. 18 with another woman who were attempting an auto burglary at Hooters Casino.

On Monday, a Metro officer saw the Impala with the corresponding license plate at the Burger King and confronted the suspects. The officer tried to detain Youngblood, who resisted. When the officer grabbed an arm, Youngblood said he had a gun on him, according to the report. The officer recovered a silver 9mm handgun from his waistband.

Merritt-Burwell, who is charged with attempted murder, said she was acting in self-defense. Youngblood is charged with resisting a public officer with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon/firearm, and harbor/conceal/aid a felony offender (accessory after the fact). Both are scheduled to appear in court at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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