Update: Dothan school bus wasn't fired upon

Posted by: Melissa Johnson - bio | email

Dothan, AL (WSFA) – A scary situation played out Wednesday afternoon for a Dothan City School bus driver, after it was thought someone had fired shots at the bus. A search was called to find the gunman, but police now say there was no shooting.

The incident happened around 2:30pm Wednesday in the 800 block of Murray road. The bus had just dropped off a group of elementary school kids and was heading to pick up another load.

Dothan Police Investigator Robert Cole said at the time, "A white pick-up truck passed two cars and the bus. As it passed the bus, it fired two shots."

The evidence would appear to back up that theory as a video camera onboard the bus and a nearby business captured footage of the window on one side shattering.

Toshi Adams' daughter rides the school bus. She said at the time, "I'm just thankful no kids were on the bus. That's just real scary to think about—some kids getting hurt.  Not only my child, but somebody else's child."

So if there was no shooter, why did the window shatter?

Police found their answer when they found the white pickup truck. An investigation now shows that the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit road debris. The debris blew out one of the truck's tires - which made a loud sound like a gun - and part of the tire struck the window of the bus.

Investigators took the case very seriously as the evidence unfolded. " Most of the officers here are parents," Cole said, "and everybody's worried about the safety of their kids. It's the top priority for most of us, and that's the reason we're taking this so hard right now."

No charges are expected in this case.

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