1 dead, 5 hurt in shooting on Greyhound bus on Interstate 5

Posted at 5:31 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 16:07:32-05

(KGTV) -- A 51-year-old woman was killed and five other people were wounded in a shooting that erupted on a Greyhound bus as it traveled on Interstate 5 from Los Angeles to the Bay Area.

The shooting occurred just before 2 a.m. Monday on a bus on northbound Interstate 5 near Fort Tejon Road in Kern County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officials said the suspected gunman boarded the bus in Los Angeles and was one of the 43 passengers onboard.

According to the CHP, the driver was able to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road and got the suspected gunman off the bus. The suspected gunman also left his weapon behind.

The driver drove away, leaving the gunman by the side of the road and drove to a gas station at the next exit where injured passengers received medical attention.

A female passenger from Colombia died from her injuries, officials confirmed. Another passenger was airlifted to a local hospital. The conditions of other injured passengers is unknown at this time.

Authorities later found the suspected gunman and he was "willfully" taken into custody. A motive in the shooting was not immediately determined.

In a statement, Greyhound said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to our customers, driver and their friends and family following today’s incident involving schedule 6848-1 traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco. We are thankful for the heroic actions of our driver and passengers as they worked together to bring the bus to safety. We will continue to assist Kern County police in every way possible during their investigation. For the most up to date information regarding the status of the investigation, please contact the Kern County police department directly."