North Las Vegas Police investigated a fatal shooting late Tuesday afternoon at Canyon Springs High School which is located at 350 E. Alexander Road near N. 5th Street and E. Alexander Road.
NLVPD said around 2:45 p.m. the agency received numerous calls about the shooting. Initially, police thought there were three victims, but NLVPD noted officers quickly realized that it wasn’t an active shooter situation and that there was only one victim.
According to officers, the victim is an 18-year-old male who was shot on the school’s property behind the baseball field. He was shot several times. Police said he was taken to University Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
In a news conference, North Las Vegas Police said they did not believe that this was a random act of violence. They said they believed the teen was targeted.
The Clark County School District tweeted that the school was on lockdown.
Police were able to recover a weapon from the scene.
According to North Las Vegas police, there are a total of 2,700 students who attend Canyon Springs High School; less than 500 students were on campus at the time of the shooting.
CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara released the following statement:
“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.”
“If anyone has information regarding today’s incident, please call school police at 702-799-5411 or local law enforcement.”
School is expected to be in session on Wednesday. CCSD said there will be counselors on hand for students.