Campus Shooting Leaves One Dead

Campus Shooting Leaves One Dead

A teenager was killed near a North Las Vegas high school in what police believe was a targeted shooting.

An 18-year-old man died after he was shot Tuesday afternoon outside a North Las Vegas high school, officials said. Police said the shooting appeared targeted.

North Las Vegas police received “hundreds” of calls of shots fired near Canyon Springs High School, said acting Chief Justin Roberts Police determined that the man was shot near the northwest property line, behind the fencing of a baseball field.

He died at University Medical Center. Police and school officials didn’t confirm whether the man was a student at the school. No suspect was in custody as of Tuesday night. Roberts said police were interviewing witnesses but were not ready to release information on a possible shooter.

The North Las Vegas Police Department responded and received support from multiple fire departments.

“The response was exactly how it should be,” Roberts said.

About 400 students and staff members were still on campus after the school let out at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, Clark County School District spokeswoman Kirsten Searer confirmed. Most were participating in athletics and other after-school activities or waiting for a late bus. The school, was put in lockdown after the shooting, Searer said.

All the classrooms and hallways were searched before Canyon Springs students were released about 4:45 p.m.

Wilhelm Elementary School, also on Alexander Road, was put on lockdown as a precaution for about 30 minutes. The lockdown was lifted at 3:45 p.m., and students were dismissed, Searer said.

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