Daycare van hit by gunfire, driver thankful no one was hurt

Published: Apr. 4, 2018 at 9:18 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2018 at 10:08 PM CDT
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Bullet hole in daycare van (Source: Jason Norton, KCBD)
Bullet hole in daycare van (Source: Jason Norton, KCBD)
Bullet hole in daycare van (Source: Jason Norton, KCBD)
Bullet hole in daycare van (Source: Jason Norton, KCBD)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Rise Academy confirms that a daycare van that had come to pick up one of their students was hit by a bullet on Wednesday, but the child inside was not injured.

The calls came in around 3:30 p.m., reporting gunshots fired in the 1500 block of E. Cornell, near the Stone Hollow Apartments. Police say they received a report that a van in the area of 207 N. MLK was struck by a bullet, but no one was injured.

The school says the shooters were targeting someone near the property and hit the back of the van. They say there was only one child and the driver in the van at the time.

KCBD spoke with the driver of the van, LaCarl Richardson, who says they were lucky not to have been hit.

"I know 75-80% of the time, this particular young lady sits in that seat. That very same seat. I have no doubt in my mind that there was a divine intervention through Jesus Christ that was there and intervened to make sure that we were okay."

Richardson said that he saw two men fire 10-12 shots at a black Impala or Camry nearby. He also stated that if he had pulled the van in, rather than backing into that spot, that bullet very well could have entered through the passenger window and hit him.

Another vehicle at the apartment complex was also damaged by bullets.

Police quickly located the suspect vehicle, but when they pulled it over, two passengers got out and fled the area. The driver stayed and was detained, but he has not been arrested at this time.

Police tell us multiple officers and K-9 Units searched the nearby neighborhoods for the two suspects, described as young black males. DPS also assisted in the search with their helicopter.

Police say, "After an extensive search, the officers were not able to locate the suspects."

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