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Bullet Hits School Bus Carrying Special Needs Children In Newark

Police cordon off an area where a bus was struck by a bullet in Newark. (credit: CBS 2)

Police cordon off an area where a bus was struck by a bullet in Newark. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – No children were injured when a school bus was caught in the middle of a shootout in Newark.

Police said three to four men fired several shots around 3 p.m. Thursday on the 100 block of First Street.

A bullet struck a Camptown school bus that was carrying six special needs children and three employees. All were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Police also found a man nearby with a gunshot wound. He was listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

The incident has many parents on edge.

“I have to pray for my child as she goes to school every day and hope that she comes home safely,” said Lynette Haynes, whose 3-year-old daughter was inside the nearby La Casa De Don Pedro Preschool at the time of the shooting.

Haynes said she dropped by the school to check on its emergency and lockdown policies.

“It’s not the school’s fault, I understand that, it’s just the area…you can’t even bring your kids to school safely,” she said.

No arrests have been made. Police said the suspects fled in a black vehicle.

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