School Bus Shot at With Students on Board

CBS Miami reported a school bus carrying children was shot at Friday morning near a Miami middle school.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, school officials and activists said they were alarmed by this incident.

Jose Ruiz was driving a bus with 14 school children inside it when his passenger side windows were shattered. Police believe a pellet or BB gun was used.

“I feel very lucky that I guess God was with us. We were driving by and we got shot at. It can happen to anybody,” said Ruiz. “We got shot at – four bullets struck my windows.”

Police said another van, which transports the elderly, was also shot at near Brownsville Middle School in the area of NW 24 Avenue and 46th Street. Both vehicles ended up with their windows shattered.

No one was injured in the incident.

“Sadly, once again unacceptable tragedy was averted in the streets of Miami-Dade. On their way to school, in a private van, 14 children, 14 children ranging from kindergarten to middle school age, could’ve become the latest victims of a horrific tragedy,” said Carvalho. “I believe we are living through a miracle.”

Anyone with information about this case should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477). Callers will remain anonymous and there is a reward of up to $1,000.