School Bus Shooting

(Police investigators stand outside a school bus after a child was shot early Tuesday, Nov, 20, 2012 in Homestead, Fla. Miami-Dade police say a 13-year-old girl has died after she was shot by another student on the school bus in Homestead. A male student is in custody and police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta says investigators are talking to him. A gun was also recovered at the scene. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald,Gaston De Cardenas) MAGS OUT)

Girl, 13, fatally shot on school bus identified

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A 13-year-old girl has died after she was shot on a private school bus in Homestead Tuesday morning by another student, police said.

The girl, who was identified by multiple sources as Lourdes Guzman, was airlifted to Miami Children’s Hospital after the 6:45 a.m. shooting on the school bus, and later died, Miami-Dade Police said.

About eight other children were riding the bus when the shooting happened in the area of Southwest 296th Street and Southwest 137th Avenue, Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said. The other children were not injured.

Police said the shooter is a boy, who is also a student. They have not spoken to him yet.

“They were able to immediately determine that the shooting occurred inside the bus, and that the alleged shooter was also inside the bus,” Zabaleta said. “He was immediately taken into custody. He was detained, placed in a police car. We were able to recover the firearm.”

The girl had a 7-year-old sibling in the bus as well, police said. No other children were injured in the bus, but they have all been transported to the Homicide Bureau for questioning.

Meanwhile, parents were picking up their children from Miami Police headquarters in Doral after they were interviewed. A mother who would only give her name as Luby said she was happy her child was alive and glad to have her back.

Zabaleta said it was hard to know what led to the shooting. Homicide detectives still need to talk to all the children on the bus and the bus driver, police said.

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