(CBS/AP) MIAMI - Miami-Dade police said a South Florida teen was charged with fatally shooting a 13-year-old girl in front of her younger sister and several other students while they were riding the school bus Tuesday morning.
The 15-year-old male student was taken into custody at Homestead, a city south of Miami, and later charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm in the shooting death of Lourdes Guzman. The suspect remains unidentified because he is a juvenile.
An arrest report said the teen took a gun from his backpack and began displaying on the bus when he fired it once and hit Guzman. The girl was airlifted to a Miami hospital, where she died.
Guzman's 7-year-old sister and seven other children were on the bus, but were not harmed. Authorities took the children and the bus driver to a police station to be interviewed. The school bus was not equipped with video surveillance equipment.
Lourdes attended the charter middle school Palm Glades Preparatory Academy. Her sister went to nearby Summerville Advantage Academy. The shooting happened about seven minutes away from their schools.
About a dozen parents picked up their children early, said Lynn Norman-Teck, a spokeswoman for the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.
Many of the students did not hear about the shooting and the school did not make an announcement before classes were dismissed, but word started to trickle out as they walked outside to waiting school buses.
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