Neighbors: Man aimed gun at children boarding school bus

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HAMPTON, Ga. —

Residents in a Clayton County neighborhood said a gunman was aiming for children who were getting on a school bus.

David Dillard said he yelled at a man who was in his neighbor's back yard holding what looked like a BB gun.

"About the time the school bus pulled up to pick up two kids and the guy started aiming the gun," Dillard said.

Dillard said the gunman took off running when he yelled at him, but his nephew went after the man.

"As my nephew ran after him, he started shooting at my nephew with a different gun, because he had dropped what turned out to be a rifle," Dillard said.

Clayton County police said a rifle was found in the yard.

Homeowners in the Greystone subdivision in Hampton said they are on edge. They said they want to know why someone was targeting children and why police did not immediately alert the media when it happened Monday morning.

"Yeah, they should have called the media. Really, it should have been posted yesterday. I'm just going to be honest with it," homeowner's association vice president Curtis Berry said.

Channel 2's Tom Jones asked police why the media was not alerted immediately. A spokesperson said he was preparing a news release.

Neighbors said the incident is so serious, police were out in force Tuesday morning, with patrols and a helicopter overhead, to make sure children were safe as they boarded their buses.

On Channel 2 Action News at 4, Jones will ask police for their side of the incident and how it was handled.

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