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Parents Alarmed by Early Morning Shooting Near School Bus Stop in Norristown

Parents were informed of the incident by officials Whitehall Elementary School who reported that students were alarmed, but are safe at school.

Parents are concerned after a shooting incident near a school bus stop in Norristown this morning scared students who were getting on the bus for school at the time.

Official incident reports are currently unavailable, but according to Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono, his officers responded to a call of shots fired sometime around 8:30 a.m. this morning on the corner of West Airy and Barbadoes streets.

Police say two black males jumped from a dark green or possibly black Lincoln Navigator and fired three or four shots through the front windows of an abandoned first-floor apartment at 151 West Airy Street. The suspects then fled in their vehicle which a witness reported had a broken driver's side mirror.

The apartment was not occupied at the time and Chief Bono reports that police have contacted the property owner. The apartment was reportedly secure and there was no evidence of anyone living in or occupying the apartment.

No one was reported injured in the incident, but children were boarding a school bus bound for Whitehall Elementary School at the corner of West Airy and Norris streets only one block away at the time. Police say they may want to interview those children at some point. 

Some parents contacted Norristown Patch and reported that an automated call from Principal Hoskins at Whitehall informed them of the incident and assured them that their children were safe at school and that counselors would be available all day for children to talk to.

Mrs. Hoskins told Patch she felt it was important that parents get clear and correct information regarding the incident, rather than hear second-hand reports later in the day. 

No suspects are in custody at this time and police are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to cal the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.

OMG November 08, 2012 at 07:35 PM
This shit don't make no sense. People just don't care anymore so why should anyone care that see's stuff like this and don't tell it. Evidentally the people who witness this does not care about themselves or these kids, even when one of them get hurt. Who live in the area? It shouldn't be hard locating that type of vehicle with a broken mirror.
TJ November 08, 2012 at 08:33 PM
This happened on the street I live on and that is my kids bus stop. Thank goodness they waited inside the house this morning for the bus and no one was hurt. Norristown is getting ridiculous and I tired of the whole no snitching policy, these were innocent kids out there that had to witness this. I'm about to move, shootings are happening too frequently in town. SMH!
sharon moyer November 09, 2012 at 03:54 AM
This is why I register my child with a charter school starting next Sept. Whitehall is a great school and Mrs.Hoskins should be praised by how she contacted All parents while calming the children! I'm sorry this is my child's last year there.EVERYONE there is the BEST!!!
All Things November 09, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Is anyone surprised? I’m not. The family unit in Norristown is broken. No accountability in the home = criminals in the street. It is a community of hopeless people. There are no jobs in Norristown, no hospital, heck not even a decent grocery store. How can anyone “protect” a community that is no more? The rehabilitation starts in the home.
Milky November 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
All Things said it right. Norristown is broken, and it starts in the home. If you spend all day on the corner smoking marijuana and drinking malt liquor, and your kids watch this, what do you think they're going to do when they get older? I'm not surprised at all. Hookers, drugs, guns, shootings every week, stabbings, etc. This is no longer the Norristown in which we grew up.
Steve November 09, 2012 at 07:33 PM
@Milky You said it....."if you spend all day on the corner." That my friends is the problem in Norristown. Go to the local bars, packed at 2 in the afternoon, I had a young friend who pulled himself away from the corner and became very successful. I asked him one time how he did it. He responded, "One night I was standing there getting drunk and realized in 30 years I would still be standing here." That did it for him......
Carla Durante'Kelley December 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Born and raised here I have seen Norristown go down bad! Its very sad, no-one takes pride in their homes or Families like they use to do. We use to be able to leave our front doors unlocked, now they are locked and losers still bust right threw! We would always know our neighbors,now there are some rentals with 5+ families in one house! Very sad!
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