Merced School Buses Windows Shot Out

October 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
California Highway Patrol investigators are piecing together evidence from the shooting that targeted school buses headed back to the North Valley Saturday night.It happened near the visitor center at the San Luis Reservoir in Merced County. Officers said someone shot at the buses with a pellet gun.

One of the drivers said they had to pull over the entire caravan when it happened.

"We got to the visitors center and stopped there and found that 4 buses had been hit with some kind of object and broke out the windows," said bus driver Nick Francis.

C.H.P. investigators said they believe the shots were fired from a passing vehicle because they came at close range. But they don't have a description of that car.

The students were going home from a band competition in Santa Cruz. They came from Merced, Golden Valley, and Buhach Colony High Schools.

No one was hurt.

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