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1 critical after shots fired near Brinley Middle School

Metro is trying to identify people involved in a shooting Tuesday morning that wounded a driver near a Las Vegas middle school.

Shots were fired from an SUV while children played outside Brinley Middle School, 2480 Maverick St., about 10:40 a.m., Metro Lt. Dan McGrath said.

A black full-size SUV and a white Honda sedan were eastbound on Smoke Ranch Road, between Maverick and Jones Boulevard, McGrath said. Police think a passenger in the SUV fired at least five shots into the sedan.

The man in the sedan, who was not identified by police, was struck multiple times and crashed, McGrath said. He was hospitalized at University Medical Center in “extremely critical condition.”

“The people involved in this have no concern for public safety or children when they commit a violent act like this yards away from the school,” McGrath said.

Police believe there were at least two people in the SUV, which was described only as having tinted windows, McGrath said. Bullet casings were found within a 50-to-60-yard area, and Smoke Ranch was expected to remain shut down into the evening.

McGrath said there were many witnesses to the shooting, including multiple motorists. The SUV was seen in a “very grainy” surveillance video from the school.

Clark County School District officials locked down Brinely until 2:11 p.m., when students were released by what CCSD called a phased dismissal, spokesman Dave Sheehan said. In this process, students were escorted to certain areas that were not blocked off by police.

Anyone with information on the shooting can contact Metro at 702-828-3521 and homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Reporter Cassandra Taloma contributed. Contact Colton Lochhead at clochehad@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638. Find him on Twitter: @ColtonLochhead. Contact Ricardo Torres at rtorres@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @rickytwrites.

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