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SHOTS FIRED INTO BACK OF SCHOOL BUS IN TAMPA; NO ARRESTS MADE

Three shots were fired into the back of a private school bus occupied by four teenagers Monday near Waters Avenue and 17th Street as they were being driven home, Tampa police said. Nobody was injured.

A spokesman for the school said two men approached the bus on bicycles and at least one of them opened fire. No arrests have been made.

Shots were fired at the bus just before 4 p.m. with what appears to have been a medium- to high-caliber handgun, according to Tampa police. One bullet penetrated a back window. The motive is unknown, police said.

The bus is operated by AMIkids Tampa, a nonprofit company that runs a school for at-risk children near Port Tampa. Police said the parents of the teens, ages 13 to 16, were notified of the shooting.

Bus driver Donald Smith, 39, of Tampa said he immediately drove the bus away from the scene of the shooting to escape the gunman. Police said he drove to the area of 22nd Street and Sligh Avenue.

Smith looked badly shaken as he sat nearby while a police forensics technician combed the bus for clues. "The kids were pretty scared," Smith said. "I had to get them to safety."

AMIkids spokesman Jordan Meyer said the bus had dropped off three children not long before the shooting. He said the school would not make student bus pickups or dropoffs in the area of the shooting today as a precaution. Other transportation arrangements were being made, Meyer said.

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