At about 1:27 a.m. Pacific time early Monday morning, as the bus was headed from L.A. to the San Francisco Bay area on Interstate 5, a passenger opened fire. At least six people were struck, and one passenger — a 51-year-old woman from Columbia — was killed.
The bus driver pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road in a mountainous stretch near the town of Lebec, about 80 miles north of Los Angeles, and somehow convinced the gunman to get off. The driver then left the gunman on the road and managed to pull the bus into a gas station to get help.
“The driver of the bus immediately pulled to the right shoulder and somehow — we’re still trying to figure out to how this happened — were able to coerce the suspect off of the bus. His actions were very appropriate and one could say heroic,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Pennings said, as reported by The Associated Press.
Pennings said the gunman left his weapon on the bus. He was later arrested without incident by officers from the CHP, who arrived a few minutes later.
Five of the victims were taken to area hospitals and two of them are believed to be in serious condition.
There were an estimated 42 passengers on the bus at the time of the shooting.
As of this writing, police have not determined a motive for the shooting, nor have they released the name of the suspect.
Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are attempting to trace the weapon the suspect allegedly left behind.
In a statement, Greyhound promised to cooperate fully with the investigation.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone and every family member impacted by the incident today. We are gathering details and will assist the Kern County police in every way possible during their investigation,” their statement reads in part.
Pennings said that deadly violence aboard Greyhound buses is “extremely rare” and said that he had never heard of any such thing happening in his career.
In 2016 — as Richmond, Virginia’s WTVR-TV reported at the time — a gunman opened fire at a Greyhound bus station in the city, killing a Virginia State trooper and wounding two others. The gunman was killed in an exchange of fire with the state troopers.