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Driver steers school bus into ditch to avoid gunshots

May 10, 2022 GMT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina school bus driver steered his vehicle into a ditch to avoid gunfire on Monday afternoon and no one on the bus was hurt, police said.

Durham police said in a news release that witnesses told officers that gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles on East Club Boulevard around 4:30 p.m.and the driver of the bus took evasive action to avoid the shooting.

Police found numerous shell casings at the scene, but didn’t find any shooting victims. Police said the school bus, which was not damaged, was not the intended target of the gunfire.

News outlets report that Durham schools spokesman Chip Sudderth said the school bus was carrying 18 students from City of Medicine Academy and Durham School of the Arts, the driver and one other adult. Another bus arrived to pick up the students to take them to their homes.

Sudderth said that counselors would follow up with students about what they saw and experienced in those frightening moments.