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School was canceled for children in the Columbus area Thursday after investigators found bullet marks on two school buses.

BY SUSAN KIM | COLUMBUS, Ohio | December 18, 2003

School was canceled for some 20,000 children in the Columbus area Thursday after investigators found bullet marks on two school buses.

Investigators were concerned that the bullet marks were linked to a string of 16 shootings on the Columbus highway.

Officials were inspecting other school buses Thursday after finding that dents in the taillight areas of two buses were caused by bullets.

Those buses were in the South-Western School District. It was unknown when the damage had occurred, and investigators could not confirm the damage was linked to other shootings in the area.

Earlier this week, the Franklin County sheriff's office reported that a bullet fired into a house came from the same gun used in six of the other incidents. No one was injured in that shooting. Three shots were fired and a bullet was found in a bathtub.

Other buildings, including a school, have been damaged by bullets.

One of the 16 shootings has been fatal; a bullet killed a woman riding in a car. All the shootings have occurred on or near a section of Interstate 270. The shootings began in May and have increased in frequency in the past several weeks.


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