Investigation: Bus Not Target of Gunshots

POUGHKEEPSIE – City of Poughkeepsie Police Capt. Richard T. Wilson revealed that the investigation of shots fired on Forbus Street Thursday afternoon, Oct. 7., does not support initial reports that a City of Poughkeepsie school bus was the target.

A Poughkeepsie City School District bus driver reported seeing someone firing shots in the vicinity to his dispatcher and then left the scene to keep children safe. The dispatcher then relayed the information to police.

In a separate news release, Wilson indicated that numerous shell casings were located and recovered from the area of 20 Forbus. “Initial reports indicated that a school bus may have been targeted, however the investigation does NOT support such a claim at this time.”

Poughkeepsie City School District reached out to the parents of the students on the bus which was transporting a few students from Morse & Krieger Elementary Schools and additional supports will be provided to those students as-needed to help them through the incident, Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser said.

This morning, as the bus arrived at Morse, the entire school was outside clapping and cheering in support of the driver and students.

The district and police are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the shooting to call the confidential tip line at 845-451-7577.

Wilson said officers will continue to patrol the highly-trafficked pedestrian corridors at arrival and dismissal times.

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