UPDATE: School Bus Shot At in Whitewater

No Children On Bus

Whitewater, CO - Police are investigating a shooting at a school bus early this morning in Whitewater. No children were on the bus at the time of the shooting.

The bus driver was not injured. So far, no one is in custody. Police are not sure where the shots came from, and the bus was taken out of service.

This is a developing story and we will update it throughout the day.
 
AFTERNOON UPDATE FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
 
We have completed the search of the area. Reeder Mesa Rd is back open & shelter-in-place lifted. Deputies will be in the area for student drop off this p.m. as a precaution. Incident, cause of damage, and whether bus was intentionally targeted is still under investigation.
 
UPDATE: Here is the latest information from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office:
 

WHITEWATER, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Whitewater involving an empty school bus.

At 6:22 am deputies responded to a report of a school bus being shot at while driving on Reeder Mesa Road near Desert Vista Road. No children where on the bus at the time. The bus driver was not hurt. A single bullet is believed to have broken two windows on the bus.

A community notification was sent out to homes in the area alerting residents to stay inside and shelter-in-place. Deputies are going door-to-door to check on residences and release the shelter-in-place. They are also methodically searching the area.

Reeder Mesa Road is closed at Highway 50 while law enforcement investigates.

At this time it is unknown if the bus was intentionally targeted. The origin of the bullet is still under investigation.

Student Transportation of America contacted all District 51 parents with students who take the bus and advised them on the situation. The bus will be out of service until further notice.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Junction Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, District 51, Colorado Department of Public Safety and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are involved in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call law enforcement at (970)-242-6707.
 
And here is the latest from District 51 on the school bus situation for this afternoon:
 
Students who ride Bus Routes 52, 53, 60, and 110 to Mesa View Elementary and Bus Routes 42 and 50 to Orchard Mesa Middle School and Grand Junction High School will be able to ride the bus home at normal time today. Mesa County Sheriff's deputies will be in the Reeder Mesa area during drop-off as a precaution to make sure kids get home safely. Parents can pick up their children after school if they would prefer to do so. D51 security was assigned earlier today to OMMS, GJHS and Mesa View to provide support until the investigation is complete.
 
Students who usually ride Bus # 589 will take Bus #547 this afternoon. All other buses in the District 51 system will operate with their usual bus number.
 

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