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Woman killed in I-15 shooting rampage identified by family; suspect arrested

Tracey Donahue is identified by family as the victim in a deadly shooting on I-15 near Sahara 10/15/16 (Photo Courtesy: Donahue family)

A man went on a bizarre shooting rampage while driving on the I-15 Saturday morning. Police say the suspect ended up shooting and killing a woman passenger in another vehicle. The driver of that car was also wounded in the shooting.

Speaking to News 3, family members identified the woman killed as Tracey Donahue. Family members say she and her husband were heading to lunch when the suspect shot at them, hitting Donahue in the neck. She later died at UMC.

Metro officers identified the suspect in the rampage as 29-year-old Kenneth McDonald.

Sources close to the case tell News 3 the couple was shot at because they were in an old-style police-looking car. The suspect allegedly thought he was shooting at police officers.

The rampage ended up at a standoff at a CVS store on Windmill and Las Vegas Boulevard.

The final moments of the standoff with the man involved in a one-hour shooting rampage is caught on video. The images show the suspect walk outside the CVS store with his hands up.

For several minutes, officers tried to get the man to surrender – but as more time passed a police officer decided to let his dog go. The K9 was able to take down the man – and that's when armed officers swarmed in.

Jeremy Evans witnessed police arrest the suspect.

"About 20 cops showed up. Everybody had their rifles so we were standing out at the parking lot at 7-Eleven,” said Evans, who was pumping gas not too far from the CVS store when he witnessed the arrest.

Police say this actually all started on the southbound I-15 near Sahara around 9:20 this morning.

Investigators say the man they arrested was shooting randomly out of his car. The bullets hit at least three vehicles.

A 50-year-old man and 48-year-old woman were wounded in one of those cars. The couple then crashed near Spring Mountain. The female passenger later died at UMC.

Police said they know of no connection between the victims and the suspect.

Police believe other vehicles may have been shot on I-15 and are urging those who drove on the freeway this morning to check their cars for bullet holes or dents.

"There were other calls coming in. We have another vehicle that was hit three times and then we have a semi-truck hit also,” said LVMPD Lt. Dan McGrath.

Lt. McGrath with Metro Homicide says the suspect ended up going inside the CVS off of Windmill, following the shooting spree. Investigators say the man walked in with two guns and attempted to sexually assault a woman.

“He tried to sexually assault a female inside. She was able to push him away,” said Lt. McGrath.

Police say CVS workers and customers found a spot in the back of the store to secure themselves from the suspect. Officers say they received several 911 calls from within the store and that's what led police there.

After the arrest, detectives tell News 3 the man had nothing to say.

“Totally random,” said Lt. McGrath. “I don't know why he would shoot at all these various vehicles."

Police believe the suspect has a criminal past and may be tied to a gang. After his arrest officers say he was making bizarre statements and may have been under the influence at the time of the shooting.

McDonald was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center for murder, attempted murder with a deadly weapon, and numerous counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle. He is currently held without bail.

Because of the number of victims and multiple crime scenes, detectives are expected to file further charges later this week.

Southbound lanes of I-15 were closed from U.S. 95 all the way to Spring Mountain as officers looked for evidence.

This is the 134th homicide investigated by LVMPD in 2016.

The Donahue family has set up a GoFundMe account to assist with memorial costs. To donate, CLICK HERE.

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