Man accused of firing shot, hitting school bus to appear in court

by: Mark Becker, Mark Barber Updated:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man accused of being involved in a shootout that led to a bullet hitting a school bus full of children in east Charlotte will make his first court appearance Monday.

Police arrested Nelson Handy III Friday morning after they said he led officers on a chase that went through north Charotte. 

Nelson Handy

Handy is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving while license revoked, reckless driving, failing to heed emergency light and fleeing to elude law enforcement.

In addition to those charges, detectives also obtained 20 warrants for shooting into occupied property. The charges are in relation to the shot that hit the school bus during a shootout at the Citgo gas station at Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza. 

Channel 9 obtained surveillance video that shows one man walk up and approach another man at a gas pump and start shooting. The video shows the man as he runs away, but he comes back, takes cover behind his car door and returns fire as the first man drives off.

One of the rounds struck a window on a passing school bus.

Police said Handy was the man who fired the shot that hit the school bus. 

[READ: Surveillance video shows shootout before bullet hits Charlotte school bus]

Police said the school bus was heading to Charlotte Lab School, a charter school. 

“Is there anything more irresponsible than two people shooting at each other in broad daylight, in the middle of traffic, as a school bus goes by? CMPD spokesman Rob Tufano asked.

Officers said no students were injured, but the bus driver was struck by broken glass.

Jail records show Handy had been arrested more than 10 times over the last three years, and had just gotten out of prison.

The second man seen in the video has not been arrested. 

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