By Allison Steele and Peter Mucha
Police are investigating whether the shooting of a 17-year-old Philadelphia student on a school bus early yesterday was in retaliation for an incident of bullying.
The teens were on a school bus headed to a high school for troubled students when a 15-year-old shot the student in the head. The victim was in critical but stable condition at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Officers arrested Taryale Petter of the 6100 block of Reinhard Street in Southwest Philadelphia nine blocks from the shooting scene, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore. Petter had a .25-caliber handgun in his possession when he was picked up.
Vanore said Petter was charged as an adult with attempted murder and related offenses.
Police said the shooting stemmed from an earlier confrontation, but would not elaborate. Law enforcement sources said the suspect may have retaliated for an incident of bullying.
The gunfire erupted in the back of the bus about 8 a.m. on Pine Street near 57th Street, in a neighborhood of gabled rowhouses.
The shooter then shoved a gun in the driver’s face and jumped off through the front door, fleeing toward 60th Street, officials said.
About a dozen students were on the bus, and half had left and walked to school by the time police arrived, officials said. Police interviewed those who stayed. Full story.