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Two juveniles arrested in Kentucky school bus stop shooting that left 16-year-old dead

Tyree Smith was killed in the drive-by shooting while waiting for the bus in Louisville on Sept. 22.

Two juveniles have been arrested in a drive-by shooting at a Kentucky school bus stop that killed a 16-year-old boy, officials announced Thursday. 

The boy, Tyree Smith, was waiting at a school bus stop in the Russell neighborhood of Louisville around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 when a vehicle drove by and gunshots were fired.  

Smith died at a hospital. Two other students waiting for the bus were injured, police said.

The suspects, whose names were not released, were arrested Wednesday on multiple charges, including complicity to murder and complicity to first-degree assault, Louisville police said at a news conference.

“We should not be standing here today. And we simply must do better as a community,” Police Chief Erika Shields said. “To the family of Tyree Smith, I’m sorry we’re here, but hopefully in some small way the arrests of your son’s murderers will bring you some relief.”

The case is still being actively investigated, officials said. 

Image: Police respond to the scene of a shooting at a bus stop in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 22, 2021.
Police at the scene of a shooting at a bus stop in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 22.WAVE

"This case will continue being investigated until the trial is over. We’re not going to say we have everybody. We’re not going to say we don’t have everybody," Lt. Donny Burbrink said.

At the time of the shooting, a Jefferson County Public Schools spokesperson said that the students were headed to the district’s Eastern High School and that the bus was close to picking them up.