SHERIFF DEPUTY FINDS SHOOTER IN VALLEY CENTER SCHOOL BUS INCIDENT

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Update June 21, 2011:  The shooting has been found to be the result of a 17-year-old who was target shooting at his family's property when a bullet ricocheted off an object in the target area and struck the bus.  Deputy Ken Simon, special purpose officer assigned to the Rincon Reservation, contacted the homeowners who were "very cooperative" in the investigation."  While the act is believed to be unintentional, the investigation will be sent to the District Attorney's office for review.

 

June 20, 2011 (Valley Center)--A Project Headstart school bus with two adults and six children on board was struck by a single .22 bullet around 8:45 this morning in Valley Center. None of the children or adults were injured, Sergeant Bob Bishop with the San Diego Sheriff’s office confirms.

 

The incident occurred on Valley Center Road near Boucher Heights Road on the Rincon Indian Reservation.

According to the Sheriff’s report, the round struck the glass panel in the bus entry door and was recovered on the floor of the bus just below the window. The driver, Judy Arnett, 70. and the other adult on board did not hear the round fired, nor did they see anyone in the area at the time the bullet struck the bus.

Arnet drove to the near-by Rincon Reservation fire station to report the incident. Deputies from the Valley Center Sheriff's Station and Officers from the Pauma Valley CHP office responded and searched the area. They contacted several home owners in the area and found no one heard the shot being fired. The area of the shooting is on the south end of the Rincon Indian Reservation, mainly brush covered hillsides with isolated homes.

 

There have been no other reports of related incidents. There have been no reports of other vehicles being shot at in the area at anytime. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Valley Center Sheriff's Station at (760) 751-4400.

 


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