School bus with students on board caught in crossfires of gun battle in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City school bus was caught in a gun battle Thursday near 46th Street and Wabash Avenue, officials say.

Fortunately, none of the students on board were injured.

KC Police Capt. Lionel Colon said the apparent gun battle began around 4:45 p.m. Thursday near the 4500 block of Elmwood Avenue.

Two other people in separate vehicles were injured by gunfire from the shooting.

The school bus was not involved in the shooting, but a window was shot out. The driver immediately drove the bus to a safe location. Everyone on the bus was safe and secure, KCPS spokesperson Ray Weikal said.

Weikal said the bus was transporting students from Melcher Elementary. All of the children on the bus were transported to another bus and taken home, he said.

One of the cars hit with gunfire in the shooting stopped nearby, Colon said. The second vehicle went to a fire station near 32nd Street and Indiana Avenue.

The two injured people were transported to the hospital. One man had non-life threatening injures; a woman from the other vehicle had serious injuries but is stable.

Colon said investigators do not yet know if the two injured people were involved in the gun battle. Police are investigating the incident.

No suspects have been identified yet. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.