FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) – Baldwin County Sheriff’s Investigators are tracking down a man they said could have pointed a gun at a school bus full of Foley Elementary students Thursday morning, March 20.
Chloe Averitt, an eight-year-old third grader at Foley Elementary, told FOX10 she was on the bus when it happened.
She said while she was on-board her school bus, waiting for other friends to load, saw a man pointing a gun at the bus.
“When he went up to the bus, he grabbed his gun out of his pocket and pointed it at the bus,” said Averitt.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s investigators still aren’t sure if the man actually had a gun. In a statement, the sheriff’s office says it may have been a cell phone.
Whatever it was, Averitt said the children on the bus were scared.
She said many of her classmates were crying when they saw the man.
“They were crying because they thought they were going to die,” Averitt told FOX10.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said that man is still on the loose.
They said he was last seen driving a white full size passenger type van, white in color with grass and flowers painted on the lower sides and an Alabama football logo on the passenger side.
The van was last seen travelling south down Highway 59.
Debbie Peed, Chloe’s grandmother, saw some of the commotion.
She said she heard the bus driver honk the horn, so she looked down the road to see what was happening.
“And the bus took off immediately, and everybody scattered, and were running and screaming,” said Peed.
Like her granddaughter, she said she is scared.
“It just makes you scared for our children,” she said, “Our children should not have to be put at gunpoint.”
Peed and other neighbors have seen several patrol calls in the neighborhood since the incident occurred.
“I noticed that there was a lot of activity from the officials in the area, so that makes me feel better,” she said.
Sheriff’s officials said the search continues for the man and that white van he was driving.
If you have any information about the incident, call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office immediately.