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L.A. Unified school bus struck by stray bullet on its way to pick up students, police say

A Los Angeles Unified school bus that was just minutes away from picking up its first students of the day was struck by gunfire in South L.A. Thursday morning, district officials said.

The bus was at the intersection of South Figueroa Street and West Manchester Boulevard on its way to pick up children at John Muir Middle School, less than three miles away, when its windshield was pierced by a bullet, said LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar.

“Someone was shooting at someone else” and the bus drove through, Aguilar said. “The bus was not the target.”

The bus was still at the intersection an hour after the shooting. LAUSD officials said another bus would take its place on the morning route.

It’s unusual, but not unheard of for buses to be struck by stray bullets in Los Angeles.

In July, a 60-year-old woman riding a bus was grazed in the head by a bullet when a man opened fire at a busy intersection at Slauson and Vermont avenues. In 2014, a Metro bus’ rear glass was shattered by gunfire near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Vermont, though no one was injured.

Police were sweeping the area of Thursday morning’s shooting looking for evidence, Aguilar said.

Joseph.serna@latimes.com

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