Metro bus driver fatally shot by passenger in LA

May 20, 2012 - 11:45 PM

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A bus driver was shot to death in West Hollywood Sunday by a passenger authorities say jumped out of the vehicle's window and attempted to flee down a street before he was captured.

The driver, whose name was not released, died at a local hospital, said sheriff's Deputy Jeff Gordon. He said the man was shot in the torso.

Witnesses told police they saw the shooter climb out a window and run down the street. A suspect was arrested nearby. Gordon said the man surrendered without incident.

Authorities didn't immediately give a motive for the 9 a.m. PDT shooting

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials were stunned by the shooting, which occurred just blocks from the route of Sunday's Amgen Tour of California bicycle race.

"It's the first time I've ever known this to happen in my career here," the MTA's chief executive officer, Art Leahy, told the Los Angeles Times.

The street where the shooting occurred, busy Santa Monica Boulevard, was closed for hours as TV news video showed police searching the bus.

Two firearms were recovered.