No one injured after Roanoke City school bus hit by bullet while students were on board

The bullet hit the tire, according to officials

An act of violence against a Roanoke City school bus carrying students happened Tuesday evening.

ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke City Police Department is investigating a shooting involving a school bus Tuesday evening.

At about 6 p.m., Roanoke police were notified of a person with a gunshot wound in the 2400 block of Delta Drive NW.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they did not find anyone with an injury. Instead, they found a Roanoke City school bus in the area that sustained damages during a shooting.

Meanwhile, during the Roanoke City School Board meeting, just minutes after survey results about gangs and violence were presented to the board, Superintendent Verletta White announced one of the division’s school buses was shot at.

“I do need to step out so that I can get the details and talk with everyone involved to make sure that everyone is ok,” said White during the meeting 10 News was attending.

She and other administrators left the board meeting and rushed to the scene.

According to school officials, the bullet hit one of the bus’s tires near Loudon Ave in northwest Roanoke.

At the time of the shooting, school officials say there were five students on board.

There are no injuries reported.

“Our school bus driver, Miss Marjorie, she’s a hero today. She stayed calm, she kept our students calm and she was able to navigate that bus in a way that she didn’t have an accident,” said White.

School officials are calling on the community to come together to keep one another safe, especially children.

“This is not a school issue, but it’s a community issue for all of us to make sure we are doing everything that we can to make sure these kinds of things don’t happen in our city, or even around our schools or our students,” said White.

School officials say there will be counseling services available for students.

At this time, no arrests have been made and no suspects were located at the scene,

Anyone with information is asked to call Roanoke police at 540-344-8500.

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