Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teen Faces Felony Charge after Duval School Bus Fired Upon

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teen Faces Felony Charge after Duval School Bus Fired Upon

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Byline: Teresa Stepzinski

A Jacksonville teenager faces a felony charge after police say he admitted shooting a projectile that struck a school bus taking students home from Wolfson High School, slightly injuring one youth on the bus Friday afternoon.

The 17-year-old told detectives the incident occurred after he got bored shooting squirrels with rocks from a BB/pellet gun about 2:50 p.m. in the 1700 block of Hiram Street. He was arrested a short time later as he walked out of a home holding a BB/pellet-type rifle, said Officer Melissa Bujeda, spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Bujeda said the Sheriff's Office charged the teen with shooting objects into an occupied vehicle. A second-degree felony under Florida law, the charge is potentially punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine depending on the circumstances and other factors.

On Saturday, a judge ordered him into home detention pending his next court appearance Dec. 27.

The Times-Union is not identifying the teenager because of his age.

The driver safely stopped the bus carrying a dozen students at West 13th and Fairfax streets after a projectile struck the vehicle, breaking one of its windows. A female student on board sustained a minor cut on one of her fingers. However, it was unclear whether her injury resulted from the projectile, broken glass or something else, Bujeda previously said.

Police said the bus driver did the right thing by getting the students to safety. The students then were transferred to another bus, which took them to R.V. Daniels Elementary School nearby to be reunited with their parents.

Sheriff's detectives found a witness who told them a suspect - whom police later identified as the teenager - fired what appeared to be a long gun at the bus as it was traveling down a side street. The witness also directed police to the location where the suspect was last seen, Bujeda said.

Detectives then located and took the teenager into custody, along with the rifle. …

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