A sniper hit a school bus near this Cape Cod town Saturday, killing a high school basketball player and slightly injuring another, authorities said. A car was also hit by the gunfire.
Police searched woods bordering state Route 25, but there were no arrests. No one in the car was injured. State police initially reported that two cars were struck by gunfire, but they later said that was incorrect.State Trooper Deborah Bruce said authorities did not believe the shootings were accidental because more than one vehicle was struck.
The bus was carrying 13 girls from a New Bedford High School freshman basketball team to a game at Falmouth, New Bedford Superintendent Constantine Nanopoulos said. Police incorrectly reported at first that there were 14 girls on the team.
Also on the bus were the team's coach and two women acting as chaperones, including the slain girl's mother, authorities said.
The girls learned their teammate died af
ter arriving back at the school.
"The girls were pretty well shook up," Nanopoulos said. "They were crying. It was very obvious they were very stunned. They were a very close-knit group. Some of the girls had been playing basketball quite a while together."
The bus was near Bourne on the western edge of Cape Cod, about 50 miles south of Boston.
Fourteen-year-old Robyn Dabrowski was hit in the chest. She was taken to Tobey Hospital in Wareham, where she died, hospital officials said. Robyn's mother, Jo-Ann, was on the bus, Nanopoulos said by telephone from New Bedford.
The second girl, 14-year-old Susan Arruda, was grazed by the same bullet that killed Robyn.
"All I heard was an explosive sound," said Elmer Wassall, the bus driver. "The girl just clutched her chest and collapsed."