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School buses shot at in Fayetteville

Posted November 5, 2008

— Shots from a pellet gun were fired at two school buses Wednesday afternoon, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.

The buses, from John Griffin Middle School, were at the intersection of Gillis Hill and Stoney Point roads in Fayetteville when the shots were fired around 4 p.m.

Witnesses told police a person driving an unknown vehicle shot at the buses with what appeared to be a pellet gun.

About 30 students were on each bus, but no injuries were reported, Cumberland County School officials said. There was only minor damage to one window on each bus.

No arrests have been made.


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  • missy01 Nov 6, 2008

    what's more dangerous than a pellet gun? the public school system itself!

  • Pseudonym Nov 6, 2008

    How can you tell from a distance if it's a pellet gun or a real gun? I agree that this was not a prank.

  • ghimmy51 Nov 6, 2008

    Yes it could have been serious. So could a dog running across the road. A pellet gun isn't life threatening in itself and I feel WRAL went for sensation rather than journalism in the headline.

  • godsanity Nov 6, 2008

    IF they catch this person or people, and they give them a slap on the wrist by calling this a "prank" and giving them an insignificant little sentence; then the entire local judicial system should be held responsible and accountable. This is NOT a minor offense. I don't care if they were juveniles--the sentence needs to START at 10 years before parole can be considered. If the bus drivers swerve out of shock or to avoid being shot at again--this could have resulted in a tremendous loss of innocent young lives. NO EXCUSES!