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School Bus Shooting a Near Tragedy

Posted May 21, 1996

— May 22, 1996 - 3:30 p.m. EDT

No one was hurt Wednesday morning when someone fired a gun at the back of a Wake County school bus, but it was only by sheer luck.

Bus No. 497 was about half-full and enroute to North Garner Middle School just before 7 a.m. when an unknown person fired a shot that shattered its rear window.

Wake County Transportation Director, Dr. Wyatt Harper (at right, showing WRAL-TV5's Bret Baier the point of impact), says it's fortunate the bullet hit where it did, or things could have been much worse.

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Wake County officials and sheriff's deputies searched the bus and surrounding areas in vain, looking for a shell or pellet. They say it had to have been a powerful weapon to shatter a window it didn't even hit.

Authorities have no suspect, but are continuing their investigation


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