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Spring Valley High basketball star Aaliyah Gayles shot at party

Updated April 17, 2022 - 4:38 pm

Update, 4/18/22: Gayles conscious, recovering after being shot at party

Aaliyah Gayles, a basketball star at Spring Valley High School who was a McDonald’s All-American this past season, was shot multiple times late Saturday at a house party in North Las Vegas, sources told the Review-Journal on Sunday.

Four people, including two minors, suffered gunshot wounds after a quarrel broke out inside the house, North Las Vegas police said.

Gunfire erupted about 11:15 p.m. in the 4900 block of Support Street, near Lone Mountain Road and Simmons Street, police said.

The four victims were hospitalized with survivable gunshot wounds, and one woman was listed in “serious” condition after she suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her lower body, police said.

Gayles, 18, a senior at the school who has committed to play at Southern California, underwent two emergency surgeries Sunday morning, according to sources close to the situation.

Additional details were not available, but sources said Gayles’ head and torso were not targeted.

The shooter had not been arrested as of Sunday afternoon, police said, and an investigation was ongoing.

Gayles, a 5-foot-9-inch point guard, is the No. 8-ranked recruit in ESPN’s class of 2022. She averaged 13.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.3 assists this past season and led the Grizzlies to the Class 5A state tournament.

She was named a McDonald’s All-American in January, becoming the first Las Vegas Valley player to earn such honors since 2010. She finalized a commitment to USC in August, having previously committed before decommitting amid a coaching change.

“She is insanely humble; she doesn’t enjoy the glitz and glamour and the limelight and all that stuff,” her high school coach, Billy Hemberger, told the RJ in January. “She handles her business and prides herself on knowing where her roots stem from. So if there was one word that I could use to define her, it is loyalty.”

Contact Sam Gordon at sgordon@reviewjournal.com. Follow @BySamGordon on Twitter. Review-Journal reporter Ricardo Torres-Cortez contributed to this report.

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