School Bus Caught In Shootout

September 18, 2007

Richmond police say that a school bus carrying 14 preschoolers was caught in a shootout. Officials say the incident happened Monday afternoon.

No one on the bus was injured but a bullet did pierce the school bus leaving a hole just below the driver's door.

Richmond school system spokeswoman Felicia Cosby said driver Arlene Smyre told the children to get down, and maneuvered the bus through crossfire at an intersection where people in two cars were shooting at each other.

The children on the bus were 3 and 4 years old. They had spent
the day at a Head Start program run by the city school system and were on their way home when the gunfire erupted.

Police believe a man who showed up at a Richmond hospital with a
gunshot wound was involved in the shootout.

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