Editor’s note: This article was updated to add comments from the school district and to remove an error from the video. We regret the error.
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A suspect in a Blue Springs shooting is now behind bars and facing charges.
Meanwhile, the parent of a Lee’s Summit student is recovering in the hospital after a shooting at a school bus stop.
“We have a lot of kids at this stop,” Jamie Jolly said.
Remnants of a violent Wednesday afternoon sit near a bus stop near Imperial and Orchard Lane in Blue Springs. The neighborhood falls in the Lee’s Summit School District.
“And the bus stop is right here at the corner,” Jolly said.
Jolly said her daughter usually gets picked up and dropped off for school, but on Thursday her 11-year-old stayed home because of the scare.
“It was just very upsetting,” Jolly said.
Blue Springs police Det. Sgt. Keegan Hughes said a group of parents, who have middle school-aged children, got into a fight. It turned physical.
Hughes said a family member of a student pulled a gun and shot a parent in the hip.
“You should be a good role model,” Jolly said. “You shouldn’t be bringing a gun to a bus stop to fight over issues your daughters have.”
Jolly said her daughter had already gotten off the bus and ran home. In about five minutes, she heard gunfire.
“She heard a bunch of people screaming and yelling,” Jolly said. “She came inside and then she heard the gunshots from inside.”
Blue Springs police believe 24-year-old Vatece Davis pulled the trigger.
Police said she’s being charged with unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and stealing. Davis is being held on a $200,000 bond.
“We know this can be traumatic for students that were just getting off the bus and possibly saw this and worried about safety for them,” Hughes said. “So we put extra officers in the neighborhood this morning for bus pick up and we’re going to do the same thing for bus drop off.”
Hughes said police will monitor the situation going forward.
The 35-year-old woman who was shot is recovering in the hospital and is expected to be OK.
Hughes also said the Lee’s Summit School District had additional counselors and officers at schools to offer support and safety to students.
Below is the message the district sent to Mason Elementary, Bernard Campbell Middle and Lee’s Summit North High school families:
“Safety and security are top priorities in LSR7. Recognizing parents’ need for timely and accurate information about student safety, I want to share with you what we know about an incident that occurred after the school day.
“The Blue Springs Police Department informed the district that a shooting between two adults occurred in a neighborhood near the LSR7 bus stop at Orchard and Mason School roads in Blue Springs.
“As the BSPD conducts its investigation, we have received preliminary information from our police partners that several students connected to our school district may have witnessed the incident, and we have quickly stood up plans to provide additional support and resources to our school community should they be needed.
“We will have extra counselors for students tomorrow at Mason Elementary, Bernard Campbell Middle School and Lee’s Summit North should students need resources or support.
“In an abundance of caution, we have asked our police partners to dispatch extra patrols to these school sites tomorrow morning, in addition to the Orchard and Mason School bus stop. We will also have extra adults on all buses that move through this specific route.
“As we stay in close communication with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to communicate additional information to you as necessary. If you should need to request support for your student, reach out to your school building front office tomorrow.”