Bus driver shot in the head in Minneapolis, student injured in separate shooting

A Minneapolis school bus driver and a student were injured in separate shootings Wednesday.

Minneapolis police respond to the scene of a shooting Wednesday on Girard Avenue North where a bus driver was shot. (Lisa Clemons/Facebook)

A school bus driver was shot in the head in Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon just hours after a student was injured in a separate shooting.

According to Crime Watch Minneapolis, the 39-year-old male bus driver was shot in the head but is “expected to survive.” The shooting took place around 2:20 p.m. at 37th and Girard Avenue North. Kids were on board the bus at the time.

Photos of the scene appear to show a bullet hole on the driver’s side of the window.

Just two hours earlier, a student was shot on the 1900 block of Penn Avenue North. Three rounds were fired during the incident and the suspect vehicle was described as a Ford Explorer with gray metallic paint.

According to the local teachers union, the victim is a student at North High School. Community activist Lisa Clemons said he is 15 years old.

“Our MPS community is grieving tonight after one of our students and one of our bus drivers were the victims of gun violence in two separate incidents. Investigations are currently underway and until we have more information, we are not sharing specifics,” Minneapolis Public Schools said in a statement.

“For now, we recognize the deep impact this has on our students, staff and families. Our thoughts tonight are especially with the victims’ families during this difficult time,” the district added.

Police have not released any additional information on these shootings.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.