Although the leads are dwindling, local and federal officials are sure that someone will come forward with information about the shooting incident at Van Buren Elementary.
"Someone out there knows what happened," Clay County Chief Deputy Rob Gambill said while filling case-related paperwork at the Clay County Courthouse. "We really appreciate the public's assistance in this case, but we need tips to keep coming in."
At 12:48 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, several shots were fired from a black van with two white male suspects inside traveling northbound on Harmony Road (County Road 200 East) at the school. One of the shots pierced both glass cafeteria door windows on the west side of the building and lodged into the ceiling. The bullet injured no one, but flying glass from the door injured a custodian.
Schools around the county went on lock-down as officials began investigating the case.
A majority of the tips received during the initial phase of the investigation indicated that the suspects' 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a $5,000 reward for information about the shooting incident at Van Buren Elementary shortly after two witnesses came forward with information about a black van seen in the area on Oct. 17.
Apparently the witnesses reported the van was traveling southbound on Harmony Road with the doors open and some of the people inside sitting with their feet hanging outside of the vehicle.
Gambill said federal authorities hoped issuing the reward will encourage tipsters to provide accurate information in the case that will lead to the identification, capture and conviction of the individuals involved.
"We are still checking on leads and following up on van sightings in the area. We're doing everything we can right now," Gambill said, but added that he believes people connected to the incident will come forward eventually. "If it happens again, and the person with knowledge about this doesn't inform authorities about what they know, the consequences of their actions will be on their hands."
To report information in this case, contact Clay County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Rob Gambill at 812-446-2535 (ext.5) or Indiana State Police Master Trooper Sam Stearley at 812-299-1153.