UPDATE 5:40 P.M.| Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 32-year-old man they believe was involved in the South Hill shooting and collision with a Puyallup School District bus. The department says he’s being held for investigation of assault, hit and run, and possession of stolen property.
Deputies found a silver vehicle suspected in the shooting and collision on the 13600 block of Pacific Ave. in Parkland, the department said in a release. The suspect was then located at a Walgreens in the same area. Deputies said they found stolen property inside the silver vehicle.
The suspect may face additional charges as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department continues investigating the man.
UPDATE 4:50 P.M| The 20 Zeiger Elementary students on the schoolbus at the time of the collision were brought back to their school on a different bus, according to Puyallup School District spokesman Brian Fox. Parents were then contacted to pick up their children from school, he said.
UPDATE 4:15 P.M.| A silver car involved in a shooting at 136th and Meridian Avenue East drove seven blocks before striking the bumper of the school bus, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said. No shots were fired at the bus and no students saw the shooting, department spokesman Ed Troyer said in a release.
UPDATE 4:05 P.M.| The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is now saying that the bus was not hit by any bullets, as was initially reported. There were conflicting reports between emergency agencies about how close the gunfire was to to Puyallup School District bus.
A school bus crashed in South Hill this afternoon just after gunshots were reported in the area, according to Central Pierce Fire & Rescue.
No children were injured by the crash or gunfire near 136th Street East and 94th Avenue East, according to Assistant Fire Chief Randy Stephens. A caller reported that shots had been fired from a silver vehicle that fled the area, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.