New video shows SUV narrowly missing students as it tears through Franklin High campus
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UPDATE: News10NBC has obtained more video showing an SUV tearing through the Franklin High School campus on Tuesday.
The video shows the vehicle speeding onto the grass, across the lawn, and over sidewalks, as it just barely missed students. Rochester Police are asking anyone with information that can help to find the driver to call 911.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester Police are looking for an SUV after it raced recklessly onto the campus of Franklin High School on Tuesday afternoon.
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The driver behind the wheel of the SUV almost hit students as they tried to get out of the way. No one was hurt. It happened at about 2:30 p.m., which is typically dismissal time for students. It was all caught on video.
In the video, students are running for their lives to avoid getting run over by the SUV. Police were already on the Franklin campus at Norton and Hudson streets when the SUV believed to be a KIA sped onto the sidewalks and the lawn of the campus, just steps away from the front doors of the school.
It was a terrifying moment for students as they ran, dodging out of the direction of the oncoming car. Calls began pouring into 911, including reports of shots fired from the car. Officers immediately attempted to stop the out-of-control SUV. However, the driver sped off, driving in an even more horrifying manner.
Police found no evidence of shots being fired in this incident, unlike the incident that occurred earlier this year. Franklin High School is the same school where in January a gunman ran onto the campus, chased a student and fired shots at students right at the front doorsteps of the school. No one was injured. Police are still investigating that incident, and the district and RPD reached an agreement to staff officers outside high schools during arrival and dismissal times.
RPD released the following statement Tuesday:
“Based on these facts and circumstances, the vehicle was no longer able to be pursued in accordance with Rochester Police Department policy, and the pursuit was terminated. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to please call 911. The police cannot stop this dangerous criminal activity alone. We need help from the community.”
Rochester police added that even if the suspects are caught, due to state law, they would most likely be released with an appearance ticket. City school officials say they’re thankful no one was hurt but are concerned because this threatened the safety of students.