POUGHKEEPSIE – City Police in Poughkeepsie are actively investigating a Thursday afternoon shooting, but on Friday morning discounted an earlier theory that a school bus may have been the target.
The incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Forbus Street near Hammersley Avenue.
After bullets flew, the bus driver radioed his district dispatcher to report that he was leaving the area of Forbus and Hammersley, with children on board, after witnessing a male shoot in the direction of the bus. The driver relocated to a safe area on South Clinton Street while the dispatcher notified City 911.
Several officers and detectives responded to the neighborhood. A description from the bus driver said that the shooter was a white or Hispanic male wearing a hoodie sweatshirt. Police assessed the safety of the elementary school students on the bus and interviewed the driver while other officers responded to the scene of the shooting.
Police located at least seven shell casings, possibly from a 9 mm handgun on the pavement of Forbus Street. Witnesses in neighboring houses were heard telling police that the subject was aiming at the bus when he fired several times. They also told police that the shooter fled north on Virginia Avenue after discharging the weapon.
School Superintendent Dr. Eric Rosser told Mid-Hudson News that the district was responding swiftly to the latest violence. “The school district and city officials are working together to determine the details associated with this incident,” adding “Building principals are working to communicate with the families of the children on the bus to provide support.” Rosser also said, “Those students impacted will be provided with access to support services offered by PCSD staff upon arrival to school tomorrow.”
Police are asking for anyone with information regarding this incident to call the confidential tip line at 845-451-7577.