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Police Shoot Man Who Opened Fire on Blue Diamond Road

LAS VEGAS -- What happened in a red Dodge Durango SUV Thursday afternoon made the commute along Interstate 15 near Blue Diamond Road a nightmare for hundreds of drivers.

Metro Police authorities say four people were riding in the SUV around 2:30 p.m. An argument broke out inside as the vehicle traveled along I-15. The drive quickly took a dangerous turn when the SUV stopped on the Blue Diamond Road off-ramp.

Police say a man inside the SUV became violent and took out a shotgun. Three people bolted from the SUV. The man allegedly opened fire and shot a woman, believed to be the gunman's wife or girlfriend, as she tried to flee.

"Basically, we got a guy that's pretty violent. They're not going to stay in the area. They're trying to get out of there, so they don't get hurt," said Metro Police Lt. Lew Roberts.

Emergency crews rushed her to University Medical Center in critical condition. Nearby construction workers flagged down two Metro traffic officers who quickly approached the SUV to apprehend the suspect.

Authorities say when they arrived, the gunman fired at least one round randomly at passing drivers. Police say he also fired at them. One officer returned fire, striking the suspect. Metro says when the officer began to handcuff the shooter, he violently resisted, forcing officers to use a taser on him. Crews transported the suspect to the hospital in critical condition.

Two of the people who fled the SUV took refuge at a nearby Jack in the Box. Police handcuffed them and questioned them about the ordeal, but later released them.

The shooting caused traffic delays that lasted about an hour. None of the officers suffered any injuries. They will be placed on paid administrative leave.

Police urge drivers who were in the area during the shooting to check their cars for stray bullets. If your vehicle was struck, you are urged to contact Metro Police.