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13-Year Old Student Shot on School Bus, Miami-Dade Police Say Boy in Custody

Child Shot on Bus in Miami-Dade County

A child was shot in Homestead, Florida while riding on a bus headed to Somerset Silver Palms campus, which enrolls students K-12, Tuesday morning.

It happened at the area of Southwest 296th Street and SW 137th Avenue.

Initial reports from Homestead police indicated that a 13-year old who was shot in the neck. The girl was airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital and her condition is unknown at this time.

Four Miami-Dade Police officers have been seen at Miami Children's Hospital this morning.

At the time of the shooting, Miami-Dade police were unsure if the shooter was on the private bus or if the shot was fired into the bus. Later, police said the shooter is a boy who is also a student.

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta confirmed that they are questioning a boy in connection to the shooting.

It's not clear if the bus was operated by the charter school or an outside bus company.  Local 10 spoke to a mother of a student who was also riding on the bus at the time of the shooting. She said the bus takes students to three schools and the driver had just started it's route.

The Palm Glades Middle School and Summerville Elementary schools will have counselors from other campuses and the principal, Kerri Ann O'Sullivan, walking through all classrooms to make sure everything was running on schedule and students are okay, said Lynn Norman-Teck, spokeswoman for Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.

Homestead Police have closed Southwest 137th Avenue from Southwest 288th Street to Campbell Drive while detectives investigate the incident.


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