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Students shot as gunmen fire on Coaster

Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Inspector Steve Brown gives details to the media on a shooting in which three students travelling on a Coaster bus (in the background) on Slipe Pen Road, Kingston, were injured. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Three children are now in hospital nursing gunshot wounds after two brazen gunmen opened fire on a Toyota Coaster bus on Slipe Pen Road in Kingston yesterday afternoon.

Reports reaching The Gleaner are that the men attempted to stop the bus, which drove by them.

Upset that their request was rejected, the men then pulled guns and fired at the bus, hitting the three high-school students in the process.

The students were rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital. The Gleaner understands that the injuries are not life threatening.

The incident, which occurred after 3 p.m., caused the busy thoroughfare which links down-town Kingston to Cross Roads to be blocked off, resulting in motorists diverting to alternative routes.

The police said they believe the men mistook the driver for another individual who they thought attacked them earlier in Half-Way Tree.