Published On: Wed, Sep 22nd, 2021

Student dead, others injured after drive-by shooting at Kentucky school bus stop

Two teenagers were shot, one fatally, while waiting Wednesday morning for their school bus, Louisville, Kentucky, police said.

The students were on a corner in the city’s Russell neighborhood around 6:30 a.m. when someone in a vehicle drove by and opened fire, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.

One boy, 16, was pronounced dead at the hospital, while another suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. A girl with minor injuries was not shot, according to authorities. Details on how she was injured were unclear. Police have not released the names of the victims.

Other children at the bus stop were not injured, police said.

“The biggest thing we’re taking away right now is that we had kids that couldn’t even wait at a bus stop this morning without getting shot, and that is horrifying and devastating, and we’re going to throw all our resources into finding out who did this,” Louisville Metro Police Maj. Shannon Lauder said Wednesday.

Investigators asked for footage from cameras in the area as they search for a suspect. Police later said they were looking for a gray Jeep with the Illinois license plate BD91644.

“A teen who should be in school today will not be there, and will never be there again,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said at a news conference Wednesday morning. He said the boy was the city’s 145th homicide victim this year.

A Jefferson County Public Schools spokesperson said the students were headed to the district’s Eastern High School and the bus was close to picking them up.

The official said the loss of a student was “devastating.”

“All of our hearts are breaking right now,” they said.

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