High school basketball star and USC commit Aaliyah Gayles has been hospitalized after being shot multiple times late Saturday in North Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Gayles, 18, who recently played in the McDonald’s All-American game and is a JWS second-team All-American, was one of four people to suffer gunshot wounds after a fight broke out at a house party, according to North Las Vegas police.
The four people were hospitalized with survivable gunshot wounds, the Review-Journal reported, though one woman was listed in “serious” condition with wounds to her lower body.
Gayles underwent two emergency surgeries Sunday morning, sources told the Review-Journal.
Gayles’ father Dwight tweeted an update on his daughter’s condition Sunday night.
“I know there is some that will say it’s my fault and I take full responsibility for it but please please keep my baby girl in your prayers Las Vegas,” he wrote. “I will give everyone that support Aaliyah an update but she’s ok she go make it like always thank you all, true warrior.”
The No. 8-ranked recruit per ESPN, Gayles averaged 13.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.3 assists per game for Las Vegas’ Spring Valley High School. In August, she committed to USC under head coach Lindsay Gottlieb after previously decommitting from the school following the retirement of former coach Mark Trakh.
“Aaliyah is one of the strongest, most resilient young people I have ever known,” Gottlieb said in a statement to ESPN on Sunday night. “I have no doubt she will continue to face this unfathomable situation with courage and resolve. We will continue to support her and her parents in every way that we possibly can.”
Gayles had been in Chicago on Friday, playing in the Jordan Brand Classic.