Police: no physical evidence that school van was shot at

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CLEVELAND – Cleveland Police said investigators did not find physical evidence of a shooting after they processed a school transportation van that appeared to have been hit by an object, shattering its rear window with students inside.

The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on Columbia Avenue near East 105th Street. Two 15 year-olds on board told Fox 8 News they had just been picked up from their homes and were headed to the Cleveland School of the Arts when they saw a suspicious man.

“He was walking past and fidgeting with something… and when he walked past and we kept driving, we heard a boom and the glass shattered,” said one student, who asked not to be identified. “I just ducked down because I thought it was a gun. I thought the bullet was coming.”

The driver continued to a safe location at East 105th and Superior, where she pulled over, and police responded. The driver and three students were not hurt.

Police said no projectiles, such as bullets, pellets or rocks, were found within or around the vehicle. Detectives were working to obtain possible surveillance footage from a nearby building. A Cleveland police spokesperson said the case remains open and under investigation.

Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell, who represents the area where the van incident occurred, said 8 police surveillance cameras will be installed along East 105th Street within the next few weeks. Similar to cameras common in downtown Cleveland, streets are able to be monitored by the police department 24 hours per day. Conwell said he is spending $200,000 in ward funding for the cameras.

“The cameras need to be there so the people can feel safe, so we can see the thugs and these hoodlums here, and if we need to put them in jail, then we'll do that,” Conwell said.

Conwell said he also plans to push for Ohio state troopers to help police patrol Cleveland streets.

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