Police Say City Bus Hit By Bullets
COLUMBIA - Officials are still un-clear as to what struck the side of a city bus in the early morning Thursday on Providence Road.
Officer Jill Wieneke of the Columbia Police Department said, "We did not pull any bullet fragments or shards that i know of out of the bus yet." Police are convinced they have the answer.
"We do feel like based on the examination that it is bullet holes in the side of the bus," said Wieneke.
Police canvassed the lawns of nearby Fraternity Houses and Residential lawns searching for bullet casings but came up empty. The bus driver reported that while traveling north on providence near Kentucky that he heard two possible rocks hit the side of his bus at 9:45 Thursday morning, when he stopped his bus at 11:54 he got out and saw that there were two possible bullet holes in the side of the bus.
MU freshman J.T. Harper who lives in South Hall which is adjacent to where the bus was shot said, "I mean it's shocking. Where I'm from, nothing like that would ever happen and it's just a culture shock."
MU Police stated the jurisdiction was given to city police because they think the shots came from greek town or farther down the street which is city property. MU Police released a statement to students and faculty because the incident occurred adjacent to campus.
Police Captian Brian Weimer said of notifying everyone on campus, "Not just the students but the faulty and staff that work here, we want to make sure the community is aware of it and it potentially could have happened near our campus so that they can make wise choices when it come to their safety."
The bus remains in a secure impound lot overnight where it will be inspected by a forensic evidence team for shrapnel.
"They will analyze what's going on and they're in the process of trying to get any evidence they can from inside the bus if the bullet is actually lodged in the bus somewhere," said Wieneke.
At this moment there is no confirmation from police that the holes in the side of the bus are from bullets. More information will be released Friday morning by the Columbia Police Department.