Suspect shoots at empty school bus, MCSO says; no children on board

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Published: Nov. 17, 2017 at 7:21 AM MST
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The sheriff's office says they have completed searching the area around Reeder Mesa Road, and it is back open.

They say the shelter-in-place has been lifted and deputies will be in the area when students are dropped off Friday afternoon as a precaution.

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The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is investigating after someone reportedly shot at a school bus Friday morning.

It happened around 6:22 a.m. in the area of Reeder Mesa and Desert Vista roads in Whitewater. A single bullet was believed to have broken two windows on the bus. The sheriff's office said it was unclear where the shots came from.

No students were on board the bus, according to the sheriff's office. It's unclear if the bus was in motion or stopped when it was shot.

No one was hurt.

School District 51 confirmed it involved Bus 589 that picks up students who go to Mesa View Elementary, Orchard Mesa Middle and Grand Junction High schools.

The sheriff's office and the district said the bus is not in operation. They urge parents to drive their children to school, instead of going to bus stops.

Bus 589 will be back in operation on Monday, Nov. 27, the district said.

The sheriff's office said they do not have a description of the suspect(s). Authorities sent out a community notification to shelter in place while authorities conduct their investigation.

The sheriff's office said it's unclear if the bus was intentionally targeted.

This is a developing story. Check back later as more details become available.