BB gun reportedly shot at school bus in Lompoc area while taking students back home

LOMPOC, Calif. - Authorities are investigating an incident in Mission Hills near Lompoc in which a BB gun was reportedly fired at a school bus taking students home.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says about 20 to 30 Cabrillo High School students were onboard the bus when an object or objects struck the vehicle.

The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. as the bus was traveling northbound on Rucker Road from Burton Mesa Road. No one was hurt, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Lompoc Unified School District confirmed that a BB gun was fired at the school bus in Thursday's incident and that at least one shot shattered, but did not penetrate, a bus window.

The driver immediately drove the bus a short distance and out of harm's way before stopping in the 1500 block of Calle Lindero, the Sheriff's Office says.

Sheriff's deputies, the Lompoc Police Department and California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.  

Students were escorted off the bus, interviewed, and returned to their families.

A student that lived in the immediate area was released to walk home by authorities. 12 students were safely transported to Los Berros Elementary School and 13 students were released to their parents or guardians, according to the school district.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone with information call (805) 683-2724. To report a tip anonymously, you can call (805) 681-4171.

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