KSP investigating Lincoln Co. shooting near school bus with students

WATCH | KSP investigate Lincoln County shooting near school bus
Published: Oct. 29, 2022 at 7:33 AM EDT
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LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting in Lincoln County. The shooting was reported around 4:30 PM on Friday afternoon. Witnesses told WKYT that the shooting happened at an elementary school bus stop with children nearby.

Shawn Gilliam is a bus driver. He was dropping off students from Hustonville Elementary School on Raintree Circle in Stanford.

“I pulled up to a stop, let some kids off, went to go to my next stop and that’s when the vehicles appeared in front of my bus and ya know and then things escalated,” said Gilliam.

According to KSP’s investigation, 35-year-old Charles Mcelroy pulled in front of a residence on Raintree Circle when he was confronted by 61-year-old Robert Sexton. Allegedly, during the confrontation, Sexton fired several rounds into the vehicle, striking Mcelroy.

Charles Mcelroy was taken to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital with critical injuries.

“It was about 4 o’clock, my kids had just gotten off the bus and had just made it inside. I heard like a ‘pop pop’ and I went to the window and I saw the bus was stopped right here and then there was a black SUV here and then I saw a truck speed off,” said nurse Kalyn Ferguson. “I saw the guy get out of the black SUV and he was covered in blood and the kids on the bus were just screaming and I had 9-1-1 dialed on my phone and I ran outside and held pressure. Just a few minutes later, the guy that had shot him circled back. The bus was gone at this time, stopped right here and exited his vehicle and then someone on scene put him in the back of his car.”

Sexton was later taken into custody and has been charged with first-degree assault.

Shawn Gilliam says that as a bus driver, the safety of the kids on board is always his main priority. The students were taken back to Hustonville Elementary where they were later picked up by their parents.

“I’ve got a lot of good kids so ya know it was really hard to see them as upset as they were but I think they’ll all be alright. I think they’ll come through,” said Gilliam.

Saturday, the school had counselors available for any students or parents impacted by the shooting

“We wanted to make sure that they understood we’re here to help them and ya know we plan to continue that next week,” said principal of Hustonville Elementary School, David Ledford. “We know that some kids will want to talk eventually. They may not be ready today but next week maybe they will be so we’ll have kind of some continued support.”

Kentucky State Police is continuing the investigation of the shooting.