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Man charged after RPS 205 bus is caught in 2017 shooting


In October 2017, a Rockford Public Schools bus carrying children was caught in the crossfires of a shootout. On Wednesday, Rockford Police say a Rockford man has been charged in that shooting. 

Rockford Police say 26-year-old Rockford resident Kevin Harris is a suspect in that shooting. He's been charged with armed habitual criminal, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and no FOID card. 

The shooting happened Oct. 18, 2017. At the time, RPS officials told 13 News that West Middle School student were on the bus when it was hit with gunfire at the intersection of 5th Street and 5th Avenue. RPS 205 says at least 15-20 students were on the bus at the time. No students were hurt and the district says police told them there was no threat to student or staff. 

Harris is in custody in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for an unrelated offense. Police say the investigation is ongoing. 

Two other men were arrested in connection to the shooting. Charles Griffin, 28 of Rockford, was found in a red Jeep Cherokee that had bullet holes in it, according to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office. Authorities also say while investigating the shootout, Anthony Skelton, 46 of Rockford, allegedly attacked one of the officers. He was taken in to custody and charged. 

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