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USC basketball rookie injured in shooting north of Las Vegas

Two adults and two minors were injured when shots were fired following an argument at a house party, North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Vince Booker said Monday.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing unnamed sources, identified the most seriously injured person as Aaliyah Gayles, an 18-year-old basketball star at Spring Valley High in Las Vegas who was a McDonald’s All-American.

Gayles is originally from the Los Angeles area. She recommitted to USC after initially opting out due to changes among the Trojans coaching staff.

“Aaliyah is one of the strongest, most resilient young people I’ve ever known,” USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “I have no doubt that she will continue to face this unfathomable situation with courage and determination. We will continue to support her and her parents in any way we can.”

An adult female victim received “multiple gunshot wounds to the lower extremities” and was hospitalized in serious condition, Booker said in a statement. The other three victims are believed to be in stable condition, he said.

A large group of people left the area before police arrived on Saturday evening, and a suspect in the shooting was not immediately identified. Booker said no arrests were made immediately.


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