The shooting death of an elderly man and a subsequent assault on a school bus driver has left many parents and educators in Oregon reeling, and prompting questions about whether authorities can or should intervene in situations where children are in danger.
The incident happened Saturday at Lacey High School in Eugene, Ore., about 60 miles southeast of Portland.
A man and woman were arguing when the man fired multiple shots into the air, according to a police report.
Police have not released a description of the suspect.
The man, a 67-year-old man who was on a wheelchair, was transported to a hospital, where he died.
The bus driver was able to walk to the school and stop to help the injured man, who was sitting in the front seat.
After the driver helped the man, the man allegedly grabbed the driver by the neck and tried to push him off the bus.
The bus driver managed to push the man away and the two began to argue.
According to the report, the driver’s wife heard the man’s screams and ran toward the bus with the help of a bystander.
The woman yelled at the man to stop, but he continued to fight with her.
According to the police report, she said that when she saw the man grab the bus driver, she felt her husband’s arm on her neck.
The couple then pulled the bus away from the bus and the bus drove away.
The suspect, who had been walking toward the school, was taken to a local hospital and later died.
Authorities have not said if any charges will be filed.
The shooting sparked anger among some parents and some educators.
One father, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Associated Press that the father was so angry he called his son.
The father also said the father’s son was not armed and did not deserve to die.
He told AP that he and his wife have not spoken to each other since the incident.
The police report says that the man was unarmed when he was shot, though he was able and willing to fight the man.