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Empty school bus hit with gunfire in Ithaca


It’s been a chaotic week for the city of Ithaca.

Police reported two more gunfire incidents yesterday (November 10).

The unrelated events directly followed a shooting the day before on Tuesday (November 9); and a hoax bomb threat on Monday (November 8). Both happened near Cornell University.

Last evening, a school bus was reportedly hit with gunfire just before 6:30 pm. Officers discovered a single projectile hole in the entrance door. The driver was the only person onboard at the time and was uninjured.

Earlier in the day, another shooting took place in the parking lot of a bowling alley on Third Street. Nobody was hurt. Several witnesses at this crime scene provided valuable information on Tuesday’s incident in Cayuga Heights (near Cornell), where two suspects were arrested for criminal possession of a weapon.

Finally, police issued details on a new report from Tuesday, where Ithaca HS was apparently the target of violent threats that were later deemed non-credible. Investigators and school officials later determined the anonymous calls were made from a cell phone in New York City with no confirmed ties to the area.

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