Family grateful they’re safe after bus is struck by gunfire near elementary school

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following a shooting where school bus was hit on Wednesday afternoon, concerned parents started arriving at Crispus Attucks Elementary School as soon as they heard about the shooting. The school is just blocks away from where the shooting took place.

Several parents had no choice but to wait while the school was on lockdown. FOX 4 spoke with one dad who heard the gunfire and had no way to reach his wife.

“It was like boom, boom, boom, bam, bam, bam. It was wild; it was scary,” Nick Wrinkle said.

Wrinkle was abruptly awakened by the sounds of gunfire. He rolled onto the floor and hid, peeking out his window.

“I jumped up and started yelling my wife`s name through the house and no answer. My daughters, neither one was asleep anywhere in the house, and I ran out the door,” he said.

His wife and two girls had walked down the street, to pick up his son from the elementary school.

“Anything could`ve happened to them. My daughters could be hurt, my wife could be hurt. Anything,” Wrinkle said.

Police say gunfire was exchanged following a fight at 24th and Prospect just minutes before school was supposed to let out.

“A school bus got hit right next to my house,” Wrinkle said.

No one was injured in the shooting, but Wrinkle didn`t know that at the time. His wife had just made it inside the school.

“The minute I stepped in that building is the minute everything started happening,” she said.

With her girls by her side, the mom was confused and scared.

"They started yelling, ‘intruder, intruder!’ I didn`t know what was going on. My husband didn`t know where I was, where his children were,” Wrinkle’s wife said.

The family was moved to tears, and grateful for a walk home that could`ve been much different.

Once the family was reunited, FOX 4’s Megan Dillard asked Wrinkle how he planned to talk about this with his family about what happened. He said he really doesn`t know what to say to make his kids feel good about leaving their own house. He says he knows police do their job, but feels like there isn`t enough protection in their neighborhood.