Seattle Bus Shooting: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A bus driver was shot while he drove his bus along route Route #27 through downtown Seattle just before 9:00 a.m. local time, reports KIRO TV.

This shooting happened at a bus stop.

Here’s what you need to know…

1. The Driver Was Shot Multiple Times

Initial reports are saying that a metro bus driver was shot multiple times. There have been unconfirmed reports of another shooting victim. A Seattle cop received minor injuries possibly from flying glass.

Seattle PD have confirmed the shooting and added that the driver’s wounds do not appear to be life threatening. He is described as a 64-year-old male. He was shot in the arm and cheek.

2. The Shooter Shouted at the Driver: ‘War! War! War!’

A suspect, 25 (according to KIRO TV), was shot by police and has been taken into custody. He was apprehended a few blocks away from the scene. The victim’s wounds have been described by Seattle PD as “life-threatening.” It’s reported that he was shot in the chest. Police are investigating a possible car-jacking nearby which may be connected.

KIRO 7 reporter Deborah Horne is reporting that witnesses have told her that three men got on the bus at the stop in the rear. The driver told them to come to the front to pay. One of those passengers became angry and confronted the driver. The passenger then began hitting him while shouting “war, war, war.”

3. The Shooting Provoked a Massive Police Response

Cops responded to the scene and:

Witnesses say they saw passengers “streaming” off the bus after the shooting started. 5 or 6 shots are reported to have been fired.

A crime scene has been set up at the area around where the shooting took place at Third Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle shown here:

Seattle PD are now saying that the case is being handled by homicide/assault detectives.

The suspect was apprehended just down the street at Seneca and 2nd Avenue shown here:

4. It’s Caused MAYHEM During Seattle’s Monday Morning Rush Hour

The incident has caused mayhem during Monday morning rush-hour in the city.

5. The Last Time a Bus Driver Was Shot in Seattle was in 1998

In November 1998, metro bus driver Mark McLoughlin was shot and killed as he drove his bus through Aurora Bridge, Seattle. His shooter, Silas Garfield Cool, then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.