WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Warren Police received calls about shots being fired at a school bus Monday morning and originally thought the shots were from a pellet gun. Now, they believe that a rock could have been thrown at the vehicle.
A police report indicates Bus #62 was heading east on Atlantic Street about 7 a.m. when the bottom half of a window on the right side of the bus was broken by an object that smashed through it. The bus was on its way to Summit Academy.
There were ten children on the bus at the time. One student was sitting in the seat where the window was broken but was not injured.
One of the students said he saw someone standing in a yard in the 200 block of Atlantic Street holding something but couldn’t identify what it was. A few seconds later, he said he heard a popping sound and the window was broken.
Mary Hostetler’s sons were about to get on the bus when everything started happening.
“I heard the bus driver screaming, but I couldn’t make out what she was saying. I got my boys away from the bus stop as fast as I could and all of a sudden I heard police sirens and police cars started showing up and just chaos,” Hostetler said.
Warren Police said they are still trying to determine what broke the window.
“To the best of our knowledge, what we have in front of us right now we don’t believe it was a shot fired at the bus. It could have been a pellet gun. It could have been rock,” said Captain Robert Massucci.
Police followed the bus to Warren G. Harding High School where the students were transferred to another bus.