Investigation Continues Into School Bus Shooting

(Panola County, MS) Orange paint on Central Academy road marks the spot where a bullet hit a school bus late Monday.

The bullet, or parts of it, reportedly hit a child on the bus who was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Sources in Panola County tell us the boy was released from the hospital Monday night.

Panola County Sheriff’s investigators were said to be on the scene early Tuesday still sorting everything out.

We’re told the man who fired the gun is a 70-year-old, a longtime hunter, who lives nearby.

Authorities weren’t releasing any names today, and Panola Sheriff Dennis Darby couldn’t be reached for comment.

Sources close to the investigation tell us evidence so far, points to a terrible accident and the man claimed he was shooting deer in the other direction and a bullet may have ricocheted at the exact point the bus passed by.

Experts familiar with these situations say, unless there’s evidence to the contrary, this case will likely be considered an accident, and it would be unlikely the hunter would face any criminal charges.

Neighbors say hunting is quite popular in these woods, and those who hunt here generally take precautions to make sure no one’s endangered.

Of the several people we talked to in the area, none wanted to go on camera to talk about what happened.

The Assistant District Attorney said he was still waiting on results of the Sheriff’s investigation and couldn’t say if he’d pursue the case until that investigation is complete.

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