Two teens arrested, charged after Durham school bus shot at by BB gun

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police in Troy say just before 11 a.m. Monday morning they were called to the area of the Carroll Hill School for report of a school bus being shot at while children were on board.

Officers arrived to the area of Madison Avenue and Project Road, and two people were arrested. A BB gun was also recovered.

Raymond Johnson
Raymond Johnson

Police said no one was injured during the incident.

Raymond Johnson, 18, of Troy, and Dione Kowalchyk, 17, of Troy, were arrested. They were each charged with 14 counts of Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree, 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and 1 count of Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.

The school bus that sustained the damage is a Durham School Services bus. In addition to a bus driver and one monitor, there were 12 children ages 6-12 on the bus.

The bus was coming from the Sacred Heart School in Troy and in the process of bringing the children home. The Carroll Hill School, which is located nearby the incident, did go into lockdown as a precaution. The lockdown has since been lifted.

Dione Kowalchyk
Dione Kowalchyk

Both Johnson and Kowalchyk were arraigned Monday afternoon. They were sent to the Rensselaer County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Raymond Johnson waived his preliminary hearing and his case has been adjourned until April 7.


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