May 17th, 2012
06:27 PM ET

Georgia police hunt man who pointed rifle at school bus

Police in north Georgia say they’re trying to find a man who witnesses say pointed a rifle at a moving school bus this week and apparently left a note at the scene containing school bus numbers.

The incident in Hampton has prompted Clayton County police to start escorting school buses through the Greystone subdivision, and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have joined the investigation.

A resident of the subdivision told police that a man was crouched in a backyard of a home in Hampton - about 25 miles southeast of Atlanta - on Monday morning and pointed a rifle at a moving bus.

“About the time the school bus pulled up to pick up two kids … the guy started aiming the gun," the resident, David Dillard, told CNN affiliate WSB.

Dillard said he yelled at the man, and the man dropped the rifle and ran away. Dillard said his nephew, who was nearby, ran after him.

The gunman fired a pistol at the nephew - hitting no one - before escaping on foot, Clayton County police Lt. Chris Windley said, citing witness accounts.

At the scene, police found a rifle and a note that listed numbers of school buses in Clayton County, Windley said. Police haven’t said whether the rifle was loaded.

Police said they and the ATF are investigating the incident, and they don’t have any suspects or know the gunman’s motive.

The ATF is trying to determine the rifle’s history and owner, bureau spokesman Richard Coes said.

Officers will follow school buses through the subdivision and patrol the area through Friday, the last day of the school year, unless an arrest is made before then, Windley said.

A resident of the area, Sean Rutherford, told WSB that his son was on the bus Monday morning.

"I (now) make sure I go pick him up from school instead of him riding the bus," Rutherford said.

Windley said police are trying to determine whether they have enough of a description of the gunman to release a composite sketch. Douglas Hendrix, chief human resources officer at Clayton County Public Schools, said the gunman was described as a 18- to 23-year-old man wearing black clothing. The race was unclear, he said.

Schools in the area have “suspended all outdoor activities” for the students, Hendrix said.

soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. HunterTed

    That's a Marlin 60 ... one of the great classic .22 rifles.

    May 20, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Yes, it's great classic round is perfect for committing a random murder.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. JaredC

    The NRA nor the second amendment does not defend anyone's right to point guns at a school bus. You should read up on the second amendment. Also what makes you all think that the scope is backwards? It looks like it's sideways to me with the windage adjustment on the wrong side. That's a Marlin Model 60, a very Common .22 but not known for accuracy. That says something about the gunman.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • diraphe

      Haha, after reading your post I had to go back and examine the gun. The scope does appear to be on backwards, notice the focus adjustment is towards the muzzle. I realize certain scopes do have that positioned there, but not this model.

      May 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon Lewis

      The knurled focus ring looks like its on the front of the scope instead of the rear. And a Marlin 60 is okay for accuracy, but poor on function. They jam a lot.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kim Baliey

    This is part of the Blacks War on Whites.
    Race War.....Be armed or be dead.

    May 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bookoo

      Been a run on guns and ammo lately, you might be right.
      If Obozo is re-elected, he plans to issue executive orders that will : seize all guns, seize all savings accounts over $100.00 and put everyone over 75 to sleep.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hot Carl

      Kim, a girl after my own heart!

      May 21, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. phillysmart

    HMM 'the race was unclear" PC or code meaning he was darker than caucasion possibly black or hispanic...if he was white it would have been mentioned...don't you think that the race of this idividual is an important fact in identifying him? this country is getting ridiculous

    May 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dogen

      I like how you take the fact that they say no one could tell his race, then use that as proof that they're hiding his race to be PC. Such tortured logic.

      May 21, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bookoo

    Probably a latino whose honor has been besmirched by his ex-wife.
    He will do it the kids as vengeance.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bigal

    The scope is on backwards,,,If you look at the video and stop it, you can see that it is a variable power scope and you can see the numbers on the adjustment ring,, facing the muzzle of the gun!!! At 8X things would look 8 times SMALLER with it on this way......

    May 21, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. scruffy1

    Keep passing out those guns!

    May 21, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
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