Man charged with shooting at school buses with pellet gun in Southeast Washington

February 27, 2013

A man armed with a pellet gun shot out some windows of two school buses in Southeast Washington late Tuesday afternoon, according to D.C. police. Authorities said some students were on at least one of the buses, but no injuries were reported.

Police said they arrested a suspect, 21-year-old James Doby of Southeast, and charged him with multiple counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. Doby could have a hearing in D.C. Superior Court later Wednesday.

The shooting occurred about 5:20 p.m. in the 1700 block of Alabama Ave. SE, a few blocks from Suitland Parkway. Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, said a school system employee called in the report.

Details were still being compiled Wednesday morning, and officials could not immediately say how many students were on the buses, or where they were going or coming from.

School buses are operated by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and typically are used to transport special education students.

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