Four Las Vegas showgirls are among those stabbed during a horrific knife rampage outside a casino that left two people dead.
The horror unfolded around 11:40 am local time.
The entertainers were said to have been outside the Wynn greeting tourists when the crazed knifeman launched the vicious attack.
The suspect reportedly had a kitchen knife and told the showgirls he was a chef that wanted to take a photo with them.
So far he was described as an Hispanic male in this 30s. He is not a resident of Las Vegas. Officials said that they have not confirmed his identity.
When they refused the stabbings started, recounted a woman who said four of the injured showgirls worked for her.
Two people are dead while three others are in critical condition in a nearby hospital.
A total of eight were attacked, according to Captain Dori Koren of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. The remaining three are in a stable condition.
The suspect was arrested ‘very quickly’, said Koren.
Tourists are among the victims, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo later told the media.
During that press conference Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief James LaRochelle said that the suspect started stabbing without provocation.
He said that authorities are in possession of video showing the suspect leaving the original scene and running down Las Vegas Boulevard heading towards Sands Boulevard.
The man was held by Sands security guards until the police arrived.
Video shown by officials at a press conference hours after the stabbing showed the suspect fleeing the scene
Pierre Fandrich told 13 Action News he thought he heard showgirls laughing, but they were in fact screaming
A victim of the brutal knife attack on Las Vegas strip was rushed away on a stretcher by members of Clark County Fire Department
The suspect, who is now in custody, reportedly had a kitchen knife and told the showgirls he was a chef that wanted to take a photo with them
An area cordoned off outside the Palazzo casino after the stabbing on Las Vegas strip around 11.45am
Horrific videos and pictures shows what appears to be one of the showgirls in a pool of blood outside the resort.
LaRochelle told the media: ‘As you can imagine we have scores of witnesses to continue to get statements from and we have a number of video surveillance we have to get through in the immediate future.’
Cops swooped on the Venetian resort and the crazed knifeman was arrested with blood coated all over his sleeves.
Medics were seen desperately working on her in front of horrified onlookers while other images showed a woman being whisked away on a stretcher.
At least one of the victims was transported to University Medical Center, where loved ones were seen going in in tears.
Another witness said: ‘A man just started stabbing and slashing.’ Maxime Wallace, a tourist from Montreal, said ‘everything happened so fast it was hard to see.’
Pierre Fandrich told 13 Action News he thought he heard showgirls laughing, but they were in fact screaming. When he saw the blood he assumed one of them had fallen from a nearby bridge.
In a separate interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal, Fandrich said through a translator: ‘There was one showgirl on the ground.’
He continued: ‘There was another showgirl on top of her, trying to help her friend. She seemed to be stabbed in the back, but she didn’t notice because she was helping the other showgirl.’
Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief James LaRochelle told the media that the police were called to the scene around 11:40 am local time
A victim is tended to by first responders in front of the casino where the stabbing took place
At least one of the victims was transported to University Medical Center, where loved ones were seen going in in tears
There were ten officers outside of Wynn casino, potentially looking for a weapon.
The incident allegedly occurred between Wynn and the Resorts World Casino, two major tourist attractions in the city.
Multiple casinos in the area reportedly shut down their entrances in the wake of the attack.
Hotels in the area remained open but many tourists struggled to navigate the vicinity surrounding the strip due to the various closures.
At least some of those targeted in the attack were showgirls. Showgirls are often positioned on the Las Vegas strip and pose for photographs with tourists.
Las Vegas police said: ‘At approximately 11.42am, the LVMPD received a report of a stabbing with multiple victims in front of a casino in the 3100 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard.
‘Other victims are being transported to area hospitals with unknown extent of injuries.
‘The suspect has been taken into custody. This is an ongoing investigation. There are road closures in the area. Citizens are advised to avoid the area.’
Nearby roads in the area are beginning to reopen.
(Stock photo) Among those injured in the knife attack were showgirls on the Las Vegas strip