GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- The first gunshot sent students scrambling for safety.
Four more shots hit the side of a Battle Creek, Michigan school bus September 12 and dramatic video obtained by NBC Affiliate WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids under the Freedom of Information Act shows the frightening scene inside.
Students are heard screaming at the climax of a scene that started when some students left the bus.
Another group of teens chased the students, according to court documents.
When they returned, shouting and cursing ensued and gang signs were flashed.
The students on the bus were watching.
Some were yelling out the windows.
A figure can be seen walking outside the bus just before something happened to make the students duck.
Finally, shots rang out.
No one was hurt.
The 16-year-old boy who police believe was the gunman was charged earlier this month with 53 counts in the case.
On October 25th, he was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
He could be charged as an adult on that charge, which will be decided during a hearing November 14.
Kameaka Tate doesn't like the idea of a teenager spending years in prison, but she says it would fit the crime.
Her son was on the bus.
"When he came home, he just started crying," Tate said. "He was like, 'Mom, I'm so glad to see you.' He was shook up. It's a frightening thing for him."
Tate says she is used to gang fights and crime in the city in which she grew up.
But this, she says, was too much.
Her son still talks about it, and she doesn't expect him to forget about it.
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