Driver shot before crashing into Spring ISD bus

By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor, Sofia Ojeda - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - A driver blacked out and crashed into a Spring Independent School District bus Tuesday after he had been shot in north Harris County, according to deputies.

The crash was reported about 7:15 a.m. at FM Road 1960 and Rolling Creek Drive.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said about 10 students were aboard the bus at the time of the crash, but no one on the bus was injured. Those students were moved to a different bus and taken on to Spring Early College Academy, officials said.

Gonzalez said investigators believe that the driver was trying to escape after being shot in the parking lot of the Cypress Ridge Apartments on Bammelwood Drive. He said the driver passed out and slammed into the left-front tire of the school bus. 

VIDEO: Sheriff Gonzalez speaks at scene of crash

"The white BMW he was in had paper tags," Gonzalez said. "So, we're just trying to get more information on what exactly transpired prior to this."

Several Harris County sheriff's officers focused their attention on a second-floor apartment with black coverings in the balcony doorway.

One neighbor said the man was being chased by someone and he was trying to get away. Authorities are still looking into that.

"We don't have any information that he was being pursued. He was just trying to get himself to a hospital, leave the scene, but it's still a little fluid. We think it happened at an apartment complex near here. We have units there at Bammelwood very close to this location," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said the driver has been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the shooting, Gonzalez said. 

Officials do not have anyone in custody for this shooting.

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