One person was killed and five others were wounded in a shooting on a Greyhound bus traveling from Los Angeles to the Bay Area early Monday, officials said.
An unidentified man was taken into custody, according to California Highway Patrol communications supervisor Steve Loftus. Investigators have not determined a motive.
Police began getting calls from passengers on the bus, traveling on Interstate 5, at about 1:30 a.m. local time, Loftus said. The bus had left Los Angeles about an hour earlier.
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After the gunman opened fire, the bus driver pulled over to the shoulder and “was able to persuade the shooter” to get off the bus, said Sgt. Brian Pennings with the California Highway Patrol said during a news conference Monday morning.
The suspect “voluntarily” got off the bus, leaving a black handgun behind, Pennings said. Officers located him on the shoulder and took him into custody without incident.
The bus driver, who was not injured, “handled the situation professionally and appropriately to minimize any more possible victims,” Pennings said.
After dropping off the suspect, the driver pulled off at the next exit in Grapevine, south of Bakersfield.
About 40 people were on the bus, headed for the San Francisco-Oakland area, Loftus said.
The body of the person who was killed was still on the bus, which had pulled into a Valero gas station, as authorities processed the scene.
The uninjured passengers also remained at the scene for interviewing, Pennings said, adding how unusual the incident was. “I’ve been on 25 years; I’ve never seen this happen,” he said.
The five wounded victims suffered injuries ranging from moderate to critical. One was airlifted to a hospital.