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Two Clay County school buses shot with BB gun

Two Clay County school buses were shot at Tuesday morning with a BB gun, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Two Clay County school buses were shot at Tuesday morning with a BB gun, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

LAKE ASBURY, Fla. – Two Clay County school buses were shot at Tuesday morning with a BB gun, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

At 5:45 a.m., dispatchers were called about one bus shot with a BB gun through the driver’s vent window. The bus was on Henley Road near Blanding Boulevard, near Middleburg.

Less than 10 minutes later, another driver reported a bus was shot with a BB gun near Ashbury Commons Plaza, about two miles south of the first incident and across the street from Lake Asbury Elementary and Middle School.

Both buses had three people on board: the driver, a monitor and a student. The buses were on the way to pick up more students.

There was a driver, an attendant and one child on each bus but nobody was injured in either shooting.

Passenger-side window of the second bus busted out. (WJXT)

Clay County Sheriff’s officers investigated both scenes and said a projecting was recovered at one of the sites. Deputies also obtained surveillance video that might help them find the shooter.

Parents were not happy to wake up and learn someone is shooting at school buses.

“Not OK. Especially when we’re trying to make it a good community,” Jackie, who didn’t give her last name, told us. “It’s not cool to be shooting at buses.

News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said that even though BBs are not generally considered a lethal form of ammunition, that doesn’t mean there was no danger to people on the bus.

“It’s a big deal simply because, had that BB -- even though it’s not a bullet -- hit the driver, it could have distracted the driver where it impaired the person’s vision,” Jefferson said. “(It) could have caused the driver to drive erratically.”

Anyone with any information about either incident is asked to call the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at 904-264-6512.


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