NEWPORTS NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Students and parents in Newport News are horrified after they say they witnessed a shooting just feet away from a school bus.
According to police, they received several reports of shots fired on January 23 on Colony Road and Aqueduct Drive in Newport News. The calls started coming in around 3:42 p.m.
Police were dispatched to no hundred block of Colony Road in reference to a person with a gun. While officers were responding, another call for service was generated in reference to a vehicle that had been shot at. Police say a woman at the scene stated she was at the stop sign at Aqueduct Drive and Colony Road when a group of subjects behind her started shooting at two other subjects in front of their vehicle. The woman said a bullet hit her car. Once the vehicle was struck, they immediately drove out of the area. There were no reported injuries and police say the investigation remains ongoing.
Parents in the area say children witnessed the shooting. One mother told 10 On Your Side it was chaos as her children got off the school bus. Another mother said her son texted her and said: ‘Mom, I saw a man with a gun.’ She said she doesn’t live in the area where it happened, and wasn’t aware that her son’s bus went through this part of the city.
A spokesperson for the Newport News school distict said they were unaware of the incident until 10 On Your Side reached out for comment.
The district later issued this statement:
“I contacted the police department and received confirmation of an occupied car shooting at Aqueduct Drive and Colony Road on Wednesday afternoon. No injuries were reported and police were not aware of a school bus in the area at the time of the incident. We had to determine which bus was involved since we had not yet received any calls; we determined that a Crittenden Middle School bus was in the area at the time of the incident.
Until we were made aware of the post and the police report, central office and Crittenden administrators did not know that such an incident had occurred and was witnessed by several students. None of the students on the bus shared what they saw with the driver and the school did not receive any phone calls until today, when one parent called to say they saw the social media post.
We are now in the process of notifying the families of the students who ride that bus.”