Randolph (WKBW) New York State Police say a school bus for the Randolph Central School District was driving to school along Route 241 in Conewango when it was hit by a single gunshot.
State Police and State Department of Environmental Conservation Police report that they have identified the responsible party who fired the round that struck and entered the Randolph School District bus Monday morning.
The name of the individual is being withheld at this time as the investigation continues. They anticipate releasing further details Wednesday at a 10a.m. joint press conference to be held at a to be announced location.
Additionally, State Police and DEC Officers will incorporate recommendations for hunting and firearm safety in response to the incidents that have transpired in western New York since opening day of shotgun/rifle hunting season on November 19, 2011.
"The driver heard a bang and pulled the bus over. He wasn't sure what it was at first, but then he noticed a hole in the bus," NYS Trooper William Johnston.
Twenty five students were on the bus, but no one was hurt as police say that shot hit the top side corner of the bus.
"Obviously it concerned all of us as to the safety of everyone, but we knew that thte driver had checked and that all the students were safe," Randolph High School Principal David Davison said.
State Police will continue to investigate, and have not ruled out a hunting accident as a possible cause. Deer and bear season opened on Saturday in Western New York.
"I think someone was shooting wildly at a deer and the bullet traveled past the deer and hit the school bus," Mayor of Randolph Daniel McLaughlin said.
Authorities stressed gun safety, concentration, and awareness for all hunters to prevent possible tragedies.