Local Update - February 2, 2007

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Bus driver shot behind middle school

A school bus driver was picking up her bus this morning from the bus barn on McKenzie Street when someone shot her several times. The barn is behind North Augusta Middle School.

The driver is in critical condition at MCG.

No students were on the bus at the time.

Investigators have a suspect in mind right now, but they aren't releasing his or her name to us at this point.

That suspect is not in custody.

Investigators also believe this shooting wasn't random--that the bus driver was targeted.

"Law enforcement has a motive," Det. Tim Thornton told News 12. "Law enforcement has an idea of the background. But it's under investigation right now, and we're going to run down some of the leads that we have before we're going to go public with any type of motive."

The school is not on lockdown at this point.

Minor accident on I-20 between Wheeler and 520

Eastbound lanes on I-20 between Wheeler Road and Bobby Jones Expressway were closed this morning after a minor accident there.

There were no injuries, but the accident had traffic moving really slowly.

2 hospitalized after car loses control on Broad Street

Two people are in the hospital after a wreck in Augusta. We're told they should be ok.

Deputies say the car was heading eastbound on Broad Street when the driver lost control and ran into a grass embankment.

Then the car went through a metal guardrail near the Augusta Canal, where it flipped.

Two people were trapped in the car, and rescue workers had to cut them out.

DeVaney funeral today

Former Augusta mayor Charles DeVaney will be laid to rest today.

Thursday, people lined up to say goodbye to the former leader at his visitation.

Mr. DeVaney's funeral will start at 1 p.m. You can watch the entire funeral live on our sister station, my12.

That's Comcast digital channel 21 and Gforce and Knology channel 7.

Mr. DeVaney died Sunday from heart problems. He was 53.


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