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Gun violence erupts at Canyon Springs High School

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Gun violence erupts at Canyon Springs High School

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Aug 26, 2013

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Gun violence on a high school campus even before the Fall semester begins. There have already been three arrests, and more are expected.

It was supposed to be a festive occasion, the Senior Sunrise Breakfast at Canyon Springs High School last Friday morning. A welcome back to school for the senior class.

But four men and two juvenile accomplices had other plans.

"Six suspects came on the school campus and encountered one juvenile student on the far west side of the campus," explained CCSD Police Det. Mitch Maciszak. "At that time, he was robbed at gunpoint."

Pistol whipped in the bleachers next to the baseball field, even though he cooperated, giving up his cell phone and the little money he had in his pocket.

Det. Maciszak said, "It looks like it was just a random act."

Police said no shots were fired on the North Las Vegas campus, but the suspects had at least one semi-automatic gun.

"It was just used as a blunt force object to strike the one student and a second student as well."

The other student was injured in a parking lot brawl with some of the other suspects.

Police have arrested Katario Miller and Nicholas Johnson, both 18 years old, as well as a juvenile CCSD student.

There are three suspects still at large, including another student.

"It angers me that this happened to them and they were just trying to do something very, very positive for themselves," said Canyon Springs Principal Ron Guerzon.

He sent out phone calls and emails to inform parents about what happened and about the heightened police presence they'll see throughout the first week of school.

There were three victims in total. According to their parents, one boy was badly beaten and bruised.

As for the two who were pistol-whipped, one had to get 28 staples in his head, and the other has a skull fracture, as well as a fractured cheekbone and shifted jaw.

Police have identified the three suspects still at large and expect arrests very soon.

Darcy Spears

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.