Sacto 9-1-1
May 5, 2010
El Dorado sheriff: School bus not shot, but hit with tool

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

El Dorado County sheriff's officials say a school bus that was reportedly fired upon by a passing motorist last month was not damaged by a gunshot,

Based on the damage to the windshield, investigators believe a hand tool, such as a wrench, may have been thrown at the bus, according to a news release issued today by the Sheriff's Department.

No suspects have been identified in the incident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m. April 19 as the bus was westbound on Carson Road, just west of Pony Express Trail in the Camino area.

The bus driver reported that she observed a green Jeep Cherokee approaching and saw what appeared to be a muzzle flash from the driver's side of the Jeep, just before the bus windshield shattered, spraying glass on the driver.

The driver was able to maintain control of the bus and continued to the next wide spot in the road, where she stopped and called 911.

Seventeen El Dorado High School students were on the bus, but none were injured.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

Previous coverage:

El Dorado officials seek suspects after school bus is shot - April 19, 2010

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