A student was shot by a pellet or BB gun on Friday afternoon near Mesa High School, police said.
The 15-year-old girl was standing with friends outside a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seminary near the school, located at 1630 E. Southern Ave., when she felt a sharp pain on the left side of her abdomen, police spokeswoman Holly Hosac said. At first the girl ignored the pain.
About 3:20 p.m. the girl boarded a school bus and felt the stinging on her abdomen worsen. She looked at her stomach to see a red abrasion with a break in the skin. She showed the mark to her sister, who then asked the school bus driver to hurry, because her sibling had been shot.
The bus driver stopped the bus immediately, near Val Vista Drive and Hampton Avenue, and radioed the information to transportation dispatchers who then called 911.
Mesa fire personnel treated the girl at the scene, and she was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
"The call was not as serious as we initially thought," Hosac said. But she said police would be interviewing the girl and her friends in an attempt to obtain leads toward a suspect.
The shooting occurred just two days after representatives of the City of Mesa and the Mesa Unified School District met to discuss school safety. One topic discussed was the need for more student resource officers on junior high and high school campuses. The off-campus location of the shooting, however, would not have fallen into a resource officer's jurisdiction.