One man shot in the back Thursday, school bus struck with stray bullet

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A shooting near E. Frye and Atlantic Ave. left one person injured and headed to the hospital, Peoria police say.

Public Information Officer Amy Dotson confirmed that a person standing on the 1200 block of E. Frye was struck in a drive-by shooting around 1:45 p.m. The victim was a male who was shot in the back. Multiple vehicles parked along the street were also struck.

Dotson said officers found the victim after arriving at the scene. She said Peoria firefighters spoke with the victim and determined that he had suffered a potentially life-threatening injury.

Peoria Firefighter Paramedics stabilized the victim and helped transport him to the hospital.

Neighbors said a school bus entered the area mid gunfire. One Peoria mother who does not want to be named said she was terrified watching her child attempt to exit the bus.

“I told her to stop and I screamed they’re shooting keep going, keep going to the bus driver to keep going to get the kids out of the way,” the neighbor said.

She said she could not imagine her four-year-old daughter being struck by a stray bullet.

“I didn’t want my baby to be in the cross fire, she’s fire she scared she still scared like it’s just real sad you don’t even feel safe getting your kid off the bus. It’s sad,” the mother said.

Betty White of Peoria lives on the same street and was home during the shooting incident. She said after she heard the gunshots she looked out her window. White was surprised by what she saw, she caught a man running toward her backyard. Overcome with fear, White dropped down to the floor.

She said she heard the man kick her fence in. Now there is a gaping hole left in the gate. White said she is considering leaving the neighborhood and the state.

“I’m most scared of I don’t know these people and those bullets don’t know me and they don’t have a name on them they don’t have an assigned person so I’m afraid of getting shot or someone I know getting shot,” White said.

Neighors said they should not have to leave their homes to escape violence.

Peoria police officers said the bullet struck the school bus during the shooting, but neither the kids nor the bus driver were harmed.

There are no suspects at this time. The incident is still under investigation.

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