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All-star Nevada high school basketball player shot at North Las Vegas party, police say

Aaliyah Gayles, 18, a McDonald's All American, has committed to the University of Southern California.
Aaliyah Gayles of Las Vegas shoots a free throw during the Jordan Brand Classic girls game at Hope Student Athletic Center on April 15, 2022 in Chicago.
Aaliyah Gayles of Las Vegas shoots a free throw during the Jordan Brand Classic girls game in Chicago on Friday.Chris Kohley / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

A high school All-America basketball player in Nevada was shot multiple times over the weekend at a house party in North Las Vegas, Nevada, police said.

Aaliyah Gayles, 18, a senior committed to play at the University of Southern California, was one of four people injured at the gathering Saturday night, North Las Vegas police spokesperson Alexander Cuevas said.

Gayles was wounded in her lower extremities in the 11:15 p.m. shooting, police said in a statement.

A second adult and two juveniles were also wounded; they were stable when police arrived.

No arrests have been announced.

Gayles’ relatives could not be reached for comment.

Gayles, a 5-foot-9-inch point guard at Spring Valley High School, is third best among all players at her position in the Class of 2022, according to ESPN.

She made the McDonald’s All-America team and is considered a five-star recruit.

USC head coach Lindsay Gottlieb called Gayles one of the "strongest, most resilient young people" she has ever known.

"I have no doubt she will continue to face this unfathomable situation with courage and resolve," Gottlieb said in a statement Tuesday. "We will continue to support her and her parents in every way that we possibly can.”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Gayles had emergency surgery Sunday and that on Monday she was conscious and had undergone a third operation.

Gayles averaged 13.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.3 assists to lead her team to the Class 5A state tournament, the Review-Journal reported.

A GoFundMe page said Gayles is “a loving daughter, selfless person, loyal captain and humble basketball player,” adding, “Aaliyah’s life is basketball, and her dream has always been to pursue a professional career in the game that has defined her.”

The account said she sustained about 10 shots to her extremities.