An 18-year-old student was shot to death Tuesday outside the high school he attends in North Las Vegas, Nev.
KTNV-TV reports that the shooting happened at about 2:40 p.m. near a baseball field on the campus of Canyon Springs High School. The victim, whose identity was not disclosed, was taken to an area hospital, where he later died.
Classes had already let out for the day at the time of the shooting, but about 500 students were still on campus for a magnet program.
Investigators say the shooting appears to be a targeted incident, not random. Police are also investigating whether the attack may be gang related.
“Today, after school, there was a targeted act of violence outside of the Canyon Springs High School building, and a life was lost.
“On behalf of the CCSD Board of School Trustees, I extend my condolences to the victim’s family.
“While most students had left the campus for the day, several hundred magnet students and athletes were on campus. I want to thank administrators and teachers who worked quickly to ensure all students were moved into the school safely for our lockdown procedures. Staff members followed their training and kept students calm until the lockdown was lifted.
“We are thankful for our School Police who were already on campus and were able to respond immediately. We are also grateful for the response and partnership of the North Las Vegas Police Department, who provided assistance to contain the situation quickly. North Las Vegas Police are the lead on this case and will join School Police for an increased presence on and around campus tomorrow.
“School will be in session tomorrow at Canyon Springs High School and counselors will be available to all students and staff in need.