SHENANGO TWP., Pa. (WYTV) – A scary morning in Lawrence County as a school van carrying students was shot at in Shenango Township. Everyone on board is fine and a suspect is in custody.
“It’s scary and horrible to begin with, but it could have been so much scarier and much more horrible,” said Shenango Township Police Sgt. Darrin Cwynar.
Just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, a school van carrying seven elementary students was shot twice, each bullet passing through the van and missing everyone on board. It happened on State Route 65, across from Mister B’s restaurant.
Authorities don’t know the motive behind the shooting.
“We do have a secondary crime scene where we found evidence of shootings. So I don’t know if that was the intended target or if the van itself was,” Sgt. Cwynar said.
When officers arrived on scene, they immediately found the suspect and quickly took him into custody.
“The first responding officers and also the school’s police officers were all on scene. When they pulled up, they were able to see him, locate him and he was taken in,” Sgt. Cwynar said.
Shenango Township police called in help from Pennsylvania State Police to look for more suspects but didn’t find anyone.
“We have no reason to believe there are any other suspects right now, but we wanted to make sure. A search of that was negative and no one else was found,” Sgt. Cwynar said.
Sgt. Cwynar credits the van’s driver for staying calm and keeping the kids safe.
“The driver did tremendous. Can’t imagine how scary that was for him to know and hear that, but he was safe and he brought it to a stop. The kids were safe and secured at that point and officers began doing their job,” Sgt. Cwynar said.
As of now, the suspect has not been identified and there is no word yet on what charges he could face.