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Woman, man indicted following shooting on Las Vegas Strip

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 | 3:07 p.m.

A woman was indicted today on charges stemming from what police described as a road-rage-fueled shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

Brittanie Merritt-Burwell, 21, of Arizona, is charged with attempted murder, battery and discharging a firearm at or into a vehicle.

Her boyfriend, Joshua Youngblood, was indicted on one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

Merritt-Burwell shot the victim in the neck after the victim’s vehicle prevented her from switching lanes Dec. 23 in the 3700 block of S. Las Vegas Blvd., near Harmon Avenue, Metro Police said.

Witnesses told police they observed a female exit her car, approach the victim’s vehicle and shoot the driver through an open window, according to a Metro arrest report.

The man was transported to University Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot to his neck that exited through his chest.

Merritt-Burwell told police several versions of how the argument unfolded, eventually telling officers she pulled a gun out and hit the victim with it after he tried to pull her into his car, authorities said.

She said she remembered hearing a single shot, police said.

Youngblood was with Merritt-Burwell at the time of the shooting, police said. She reported that Youngblood drove the couple away after the shooting, according to police.

They were arrested Dec. 30 after an officer spotted their vehicle parked at a Burger King in the 3600 block of West Tropicana Avenue. A woman matching Merritt-Burwell’s description was exiting the car, along with a man, according to the report.

Judge Linda Bell set bail for Merritt-Burwell at $750,000. Youngblood’s bail was set at $250,000.

The two remain in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.

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