New details released in school bus shooting
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have released new details into the deadly school bus shooting that killed a teenage girl.
In a series of pictures compiled as evidence, you can see where a deadly bullet broke the window of a school bus where, police said, Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus was sitting on Nov. 20.
According to details of the 13-year-old's autopsy, the bullet from a .40 caliber gun pierced her in the right side of the neck, exited her back and shattered the window on the way out.
But, before police said Jordyn Howell pulled the trigger to his stepfather's pistol, it was the victim, Lourdes, who, children told police, seemed to be fascinated by the gun.
A witness identified as "P.R." told police, before Lourdes gave the gun back to Jordyn, she was the last one to touch it.
He said she was, "Pulling on the trigger, like pointing at people, pointing it at the floor and herself ... She pulled it a lot."
Police: "And you said she was like aiming it around the bus, like pretending?"
P.R.: "Yeah, like pretending."
Children told police Howell took the gun back, then fired a blank shot into the floor before raising the gun at Lourdes with one hand. That time a bullet discharged towards her.
P.R. told police, "She started screaming and fell on the floor."
Police: "What did Jordyn do?"
P.R.: "He panicked, and he just got up and put the gun away."
Police found the wood-handled gun inside his black and white backpack. Lourdes was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Howell confessed to killing her accidentally.
Lourdes' mother faced her daughter's alleged killer for the first time in court on Wednesday.
Howell is being tried as an adult. On Wednesday, the judge ruled he could only go to church and school while out on bond.
Howell is awaiting trial for Manslaughter and carrying a concealed weapon.
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