Newton school bus shot at Tuesday afternoon

Newton and Harvey County area law enforcement agencies are investigating a shooting Tuesday in which a Newton school bus was shot at – at least once.

The bus was headed to Walton Elementary School to pick up students, said Melissa Flavin, spokeswoman for the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office. There were no students on the bus at the time of the shooting.

An examination of the bus did not reveal any bullet holes, Flavin said. The bus driver told law enforcement authorities that she saw the gun and heard at least one shot.

The school bus was on U.S. 50 near Walton, according to a news release issued by the Sheriff’s Office. The shooting suspect is a teenage boy with dark blond hair who shot from the passenger side of a 2010 or later full-size pickup truck that was gray or silver, the release said.

Newton schools were in lockdown mode after the shooting occurred, shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, the release said. Schools reopened at 3:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

The Newton Police Department, Harvey County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, North Newton police and Hesston police worked on the case, providing security to the schools and attempting to locate the suspect truck, the release said.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner