School bus involved in hit-and-run crash after report of shots fired



PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - A Puyallup school bus was involved in a hit-and-run crash with a car believed to have been involved in a shooting, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said.


Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer said a silver car was involved in a shooting at 136th Street East and Meridian East in the South Hill area.


The car then drove seven blocks on 136th Street East to 94th Avenue East, where it struck the bumper of a bus carrying about 20 students from Zeiger Elementary School.  No one was hurt.


The car then fled the scene.


Early reports were that the school bus had been hit by a bullet, but no shots were fired at or near the bus.


A second bus arrived at the scene to transfer the students back to school where they will be picked up by their parents.


Pierce County deputies later arrested the driver, a 32-year-old man, in connection with the shooting and crash.


The man and his vehicle were found near a Walgreens store on Pacific Avenue in the Parkland area.   Deputies said they recovered stolen property that was found inside the car.


The man was arrested on charges of assault, hit-and- run and possession of stolen property.  Police said additional charges may be added as the investigation continues.