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Buses, homes targeted with rocks

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A giant rock smashes into a city bus, shattering glass and terrifying passengers.

And buses aren't the only targets.

"He was very, very upset! He was very upset! And I was too! And I said you got to be kidding!"

Essie Dooley's son was driving Sunday when a brick crashed through his windshield.

It was just one of five cars hit that night in less than an hour.

"He was really, really shocked. He was really mad. And then when he had to pay out money to have this windshield put in, he was really, really upset," Dooley said.

In all-- ten cars and buses have been hit -- all at night.

And all along the same stretch of road on Melburne Boulevard.

"This is definitely a very serious crime. Our main objective right now is to track down the individuals who are throwing these rocks before their reckless behavior causes someone to get hurt," said Tampa Police Department spokesperson Janelle McGregor.

Neighbors think they may be grabbing bricks from old, abandoned homes. They say the front windows of a vacant house were smashed out recently, around the same time that the cars were hit.

The house backs up to Melburne, along the same area.

"If that brick had gone on my son's side, on the driver's side, his eyes would have gotten full of glass. And I think it's very, very wrong," Dooley said.

Detectives think it's a group of kids, and so does Dooley.

"I think they should find these kids, because they just might hurt somebody," Dooley said.

Until they're caught, Hartline is re-routing the buses that normally go through that area as a safety precaution. Neighbors are taking extra precautions on the road, too, and keeping a close eye out for anything suspicious.

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