Gun Battle Breaks Out in Harlem, Bullet Hits School Bus Filled With Kindergartners: NYPD

Police were investigating gunshots fired in Harlem when they found the bullet fragments

By Shimon Prokupecz and Ida Siegal
|  Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013  |  Updated 6:22 AM EDT
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A school bus filled with 10 kindergarten-aged children was pierced by a bullet during a gun battle that broke out around dismissal time in Harlem, police say. Ida Siegal reports.

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A school bus filled with 10 kindergarten-aged children was pierced by a bullet during a gun battle that broke out around dismissal time in Harlem, police say. Ida Siegal reports.

A school bus filled with 10 kindergarten-aged children was pierced by a bullet during a gun battle that broke out around dismissal time in Harlem, police say. 

The bullet hit the upper windshield of a school bus parked in front of Choir Academy of Harlem at 2005 Madison Ave., near 125th Street, at about 3:30 p.m. 

The bullet, which somehow traveled from more than a block away, was among six to eight shots that were fired during a gun battle in the area, according to police. 

No one was injured.

Neighbors were shaken by the close call and pleaded for an end to the gun violence.

"This is a neighborhood filled with children," said Angel Crawford. "Being a parent and a mother, it's heartwrenching. And considering what's been happening in the world today, with these types of catastrophic gunfire situations, it makes you wonder, when will it stop?" 

Anthony Scott said: "Kids are in school, you think they're OK. They're getting out of school, you think they'll be OK. But apparently, they're not." 

"We don't want this," said Halia Baker. "We want people to realize it's enough with guns." 

Investigators have not yet identified any suspects. 

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