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Police say JCPS school bus may have been target of gunfire

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JCPS says bus 0830 will be repaired and returned to service. JCPS says bus 0830 will be repaired and returned to service.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville police say a JCPS school bus that came under fire Friday morning as it picked up students in the Shawnee neighborhood was likely targeted.

Bus number 0830 was hit at least six times, but neither the driver nor the four students inside were hurt. Police say this may not have been a random act of violence.

“It appears that the bus was targeted. It was shot multiple times. None of the bullets appear to have penetrated it, but I would think it's a fair assumption to say that the bus was targeted,” said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

The shooting occurred in the area of 44th and Duncan at 6:30 Friday morning.

JCPS says the driver heard two rounds of gunfire before he realized the bus had been hit.

The driver then picked up three more students to get them off the street, before meeting police at a safe place several blocks away.

“We are grateful for the driver staying calm and collected, and keeping our students safe,” said JCPS spokesperson Mandy Simpson.

Police are searching for a white four-door Chevy Malibu that was in the area and may have been following the bus.

“They believe, according to witnesses, the shots may have come from [the car],” said Mitchell. “I don't know exactly if there were multiple passengers that were in that vehicle or not.”

The bus was on its way to Buechel Metropolitan, an alternative school, when it came under fire.

Police say they're not ready to connect what happened Friday to reported gang activity in the area of the shooting.

“At this point to pinpoint that it was any type of gang activity, I'm not at liberty to say, nor do I know at this stage,” said Mitchell.

This is the second time shots were fired at a school bus in three months.

Another JCPS bus carrying the Jeffersontown basketball team was hit in December near 18th and Hale, shattering the windows. There have been no arrests yet in that case.

“They are similar. I don't know whether they are connected or not,” said Mitchell.

A resident who lives near 46th and Market told WDRB her car was shot right before the bus was. Her windshield had a bullet hole. She didn't want her name revealed but said she thinks a student on the bus was the target.

Other residents in that area are sick over the news.

"You hear a lot of things but you don't hear about people shooting at school buses," said Clarence White.

White told WDRB the shooter or shooters need to be held responsible before someone gets hurt or killed.

"They need to be taught a lesson. You don't shoot a school bus. You don't know whose kids you might hurt," he said.

JCPS called the shooting “unacceptable.”

“Our children deserve to feel safe when they are in our schools, when they are on our buses, when they are in our care in any way. And our children deserve to feel safe when they are in our community,” said Simpson.

The bus will be repaired and returned to service.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call the tip line at 574-LMPD.

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