Shot hits Utah bus with passengers on board, no one hurt

FRUIT HEIGHTS, Utah, usa) – A commuter bus and a semi-trailer traveling on a Utah highway were accidentally hit when someone fired a series of shots from a nearby peach orchard early Monday morning, police said.

No one was injured, but officials are still trying to determine who opened fire five to 10 times, said Ty Berger, chief deputy at the Davis County Sheriff’s Office. The bus and trailer were hit by a bullet each.

The researchers think that the shooter was focused on the vehicles, because the shots were fired from a peach orchard full of thick, tall trees that would have prevented the shooter from seeing the U.S. Route 89, where the bus and the trailer were on a trip, Berger said.

The bus was commuting to Salt Lake City when the bullet went through one of the windows in the area of Fruit Heights, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Salt Lake City.

Utah Transit Authority spokesman Carl Arky said 12 passengers were transferred to another bus to finish the route.

The trailer draw cement dust was hit once in the trailer.

Berger said: who the shooter was, “is there just to shoot critters or plunking on a tree.”

“It’s just one of those safety tips: If you are going to discharge a weapon, know what you’re shooting and know what is there to prevent this,” Berger said.

The police began the investigation after neighbors in the vicinity of the orchard have been reported to be aroused by shots for sunrise and some 911.

“It is disturbing to a quiet neighborhood,” Berger.

The peach orchard is covered in a residential area and is next to the US Route 89.

Shae Ramirez said she awoke to three loud pops, and that her fiance told her was shot. They said it is not normal to photograph people in the peach orchard, which is adjacent to her house.

The events set her on the edge as she helped her two children get ready for school.

“I’ve been nervous all day,” said Ramirez.


Associated Press writer Lindsay Whitehurst in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.

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