Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Oregon school bus hit by gunfire, with kids onboard

A school bus was going down the road, near St. Paul, Oregon, when a bullet struck the windshield, just above the driver.  Luckily, neither the driver nor the two elementary children on the bus were hit.

It wasn't determined if the bus was targeted or if it was a stray bullet, but it is thought to be unintentional.  No one has yet been caught.

From an article:
The St. Paul School District bus was westbound on St. Paul Highway at about 1 p.m. when the driver heard the impact.   
The bullet hit the windshield about 10 inches above the driver's head but did not penetrate the glass. The impact left a spider-web like crack in the windshield. 
There were two elementary school age children on the bus at the time. Neither the children nor the bus driver was injured.  
Sr. Deputy David Wagner inspected the damage to the bus.   
Wagner determined that the bus was struck in a very open, flat area, but the driver saw no one in the area.  Given that it was a single shot, Wagner suspects the incident was non-intentional.  It more likely came from someone shooting a firearm in the fields surrounding the area where the incident occurred.   
Wagner was unable to identify the caliber of the projectile, but he suspects it was a 22 caliber or a pellet from a pellet gun.

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