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Teenager shot dead on the campus of North Las Vegas high school, police say

In this Sept. 11, 2018 photograph, North Las Vegas and Las Vegas Metro Police are investigating a fatal shooting near a baseball field on a North Las Vegas high school.

(Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon by an unknown assailant on the campus of a North Las Vegas high school, police said.

The shooting took place around 2:40 p.m. in the vicinity of Canyon Springs High School, where students participated in athletics or other extracurricular activities, North Las Vegas police spokesman Eric Leavitt said.

An 18-year-old man died in the shooting, which happened in the vicinity of the school, the sports fields, @NLVPD Chief Justin Roberts saidhttps://t.co/lRjcMEPJ1R

Las Vegas RJ (@reviewjournal) September 12, 2018

Police found an 18-year-old male victim behind the scenes of a baseball field, the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The teenager was wounded by gunfire. The police got a weapon at the scene, according to the paper.

The police would not release details about how the victim was shot or the number of shots. The authorities worked to determine if the teen that was shot was a student at the high school, Leavitt said.

The victim, whose name has not been released by authorities, was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Authorities had not identified a suspect Tuesday evening and were interviewing between 40 and 50 pupils, Leavitt said.

In this Sept. 11, 2018 photograph, students, and parents waiting outside Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas after a fatal shooting near a baseball field.

(Steve Marcus /Las Vegas Sun via AP)

The school went into lockdown, the immediately after the shooting. The police searched the classrooms and the corridors and called the students at a school for gymnasium, Leavitt said.

Several hundred people called 911 to report the shooting at the school that serves more than 2700 students and is surrounded by homes, according to Leavitt. The school is part of the Clark County School District, where schools in Las Vegas and Henderson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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