Drive-By Shooting At School Bus Stop Leaves 1 Teen Dead, 2 Others Injured

By Bill Galluccio

September 22, 2021

Photo: Louisville Metro Police Department

drive-by shooting left one teenager dead and two others injured in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday (September 22) morning. Authorities said a group of people was waiting to be picked up by a school bus when a vehicle drove by the bus stop and opened fire just after 6:30 a.m.

A 16-year-old boy, identified by WAVE as Tyree Smith, was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another student was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. A third student was grazed by the gunfire and was treated at the scene. The two injured students were both 14-years-old.

Nobody else waiting for the bus was hurt.

"A teen who should be in school today will not be there and will never be there again," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said at a news conference.

"As a father and a grandfather, this breaks my heart, and even the most caring words seem inadequate in offering solace to a family suffering such irreplaceable loss," he continued.

The FBI and the ATF have joined local agencies to assist with the investigation.

"No young person should have to live in an environment where they're afraid of violence, and no community should have to live in fear that their children could be victimized while waiting on a school bus," Shawn Morrow, special agent in charge of the ATF's Louisville field division, said.

The Louisville Metro Police Department tweeted a photo of a Grey Jeep with an Illinois license plate that is believed to be involved in the shooting.

"Alert: We're looking for this vehicle in the area of this morning's homicide. We need to talk to any occupants who may have information on this. Grey Jeep license plate with Illinois plate BD91644. Call 574-LMPD. You can remain anonymous. We need your help #LMPD #Louisville," the department wrote.

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