Officials investigating the Oct. 18 shooting incident at Van Buren Elementary are seeking information about tips from two witnesses who saw a van matching the description of the one involved in the shooting in the area the day before.
At 12:48 p.m. Thursday, a bullet pierced both glass door windows on the west side of the school building and went into the ceiling of the cafeteria area. The bullet injured no one, but flying glass from the door injured a custodian.
Clay County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill notified The Brazil Times Wednesday afternoon about new details in the investigation.
Sometime in the past few days, according to Gambill, two individual witnesses have called the department with information, thinking it might help the investigation.
“On Oct. 17, a black van was seen traveling southbound on Harmony Road with approximately four people inside. We don’t know if they were juveniles at this time, but they have been described as being young adults,” Gambill said. “The van had its doors open and some of the people inside were sitting on the edge of the doors with their feet hanging outside of the vehicle.”
Officials are looking for information from any witnesses that may have seen this van or contact information of the people who may have been inside the vehicle so they could be ruled out as suspects.
A majority of the tips received in the past few days have indicated to officials that the van had primer flat black paint, no side windows and was an older style, but no one has been able to provide information about the vehicles’ make or model.
The two suspects involved in the Oct. 18 shooting have been described as white males and are considered by officials to be dangerous at this time.
To report information in this case, contact Indiana State Police Master Trooper Sam Stearley at 812-299-1153 or Clay County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rob Gambill at 812-446-2535 (ext.5).