Second Suspect, "Armed and Dangerous," Sought in Gunfire That Hit Church Van

Police say the suspect, 27-year-old Baheim "Buddha" Shuler, is considered armed and dangerous

By Brian Thompson
|  Friday, Jun 8, 2012  |  Updated 4:14 PM EDT
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Bahiem Shuler, 27, is the second suspect being sought in the gunfight that caused a bullet to hit a church van filled with children

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A church van taking children home from choir practice was hit by gunfire in New Jersey after a fight broke out down the block, church officials and authorities said. Brian Thompson reports.
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Police have identified another suspect in the gunfight that caused a bullet to hit a New Jersey church van filled with children going home from choir practice.

Police say the suspect, 27-year-old Baheim "Buddha" Shuler, is considered armed and dangerous.

The gunfire hit the van in Jersey City on May 22. Authorities said the van was just pulling away from Mount Pisgah AME church, carrying 16 kids ages 7 and up, when a bullet struck the windshield.

No one was hurt.

Jersey City Police Chief Thomas Comey said 10 to 12 shots were fired, and were part of a gang fight that had erupted on Forrest Street down the block.

One of the suspects, 20-year-old Darion Pinkney, was arrested near the scene. He was charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses. It wasn't known if he had an attorney.

Shuler has prior convictions for weapons and illegal drug charges, according to police. He was last known to live Jersey City and was a frequent visitor to the Forrest Street area.

One 11-year-old passenger, whose father did not want her name used, told NBC 4 New York at the time people started panicking when the shots were fired.

"We thought there were going to be some more shots, so we had to duck, and got under the seats," she said. "And everybody just started crying and screaming."

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