Drive-By Shooting Kills High School Student in Vegas

A drive-by shooting near a Las Vegas high school left a freshman dead, officers said.

The male victim was walking with a group of students a few hundred yards from Palo Verde High School when several shots rang out from a passing car about 20 minutes after classes had ended Friday.

The boy was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced
dead. His name wasn't released.

Police said they were uncertain whether the boy was targeted or whether the shooting was random. No one else was hit by gunshots.

Police said three males and one female were in the four-door car, which was described as being silver or gold with faded paint.

Shortly after the 1:45 p.m. shooting, nearby Rogich Middle School was placed on lockdown, preventing students from leaving their rooms.

The shooting in the usually quiet Summerlin master-planned community surprised students and residents.

"I never heard about stuff happening like this around here," Palo Verde senior Randy Jacobson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Palo Verde has a reputation for being one of the safer schools in the Clark County School District's northwest region. The 3,400-student school has one of the lower rates for explusions.

Before a girls' regional basketball championship game at the campus Friday night, police Capt. Terry Mayo addressed fans and asked anyone with information about the case to contact police.

It was the first local school-related slaying of a student since 2000, when Samuel Larios of Western High was killed in a drive-by shooting.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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