School Bus Driver Shooting
By: Heartland News
By: Heartland News
3:20 p.m. Update: Heartland News has learned that Stewart County authorities have arrested a 14-year old male who used to ride the bus. The teen is being charged with first-degree murder in juvenile court. Authorities have not named the teen. He is being held without bond.
Heartland News has also learned the identity of the bus driver that was killed. Joyce Gregory, 47 died at the scene. Authorities now tell Heartland News that the shooting shooting happened around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
According to Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Director Mark Gwyn, the juvenile suspect was taken into custody about 45 minutes after the shooting. Gwyn tells Heartland News that the suspect was never on board the bus.
According to Dr. Phillip Wallace, with the Stewart County School system, after the driver (Gregory) was shot, one of the student steered the bust to a stop against a utility pole. Another student ran to a nearby house to call 911.
Authorities announced at a 2 p.m. press conference that 24 students were on board the bus when the shooting happened. Ages of the students on the bus ranged from 5 to 17. None of the students were hurt.
The shooting is considered random according to District Attorney General Dan Alsobrooks.
Tune in to Heartland News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for live team coverage from C.J. Cassidy and Ryan Tate.
10:30 a.m. Update: Stewart County, Tennessee police say a county school bus driver is shot and killed while driving her morning route. The Stewart County Sheriff's Department confirmed that a female school bus driver was shot on a school bus around 6 a.m. as she began her morning route.
The shooting happened on Scotts Chapel Road in Cumberland City, near Dover, Tennessee.
Police have arrested a 13-year old male student.
According to police, the boy and driver got into an argument Tuesday afternoon.
Our Nashville CBS affiliate is reporting there were several students on the bus at the time of the shooting, including some as young as 6-years old. No one else was injured.
Parents rushed to the scene to pick-up the students.
Students from the bus were taken to a local hospital to meet with counselors and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents.
The driver worked for the school system for two years.
We have been told that school officials are expected to hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon.