Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Man Shot on MATA Bus, Police Searching for Shooter

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM

A man was shot on the Route 19-Vollintine bus this afternoon, as the bus was pulling into the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) North End Terminal.

The man, who was shot in the abdomen, was transported to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition. The shooter escaped down Second Street, and police are searching for him. The two men got into a verbal dispute on the bus, before one man pulled a gun out of his backpack and shot the other man, according to MATA spokesperson Alison Burton.

"As the bus pulled down [into the terminal], people were screaming and asking the driver to let them off. She opened the door, and the suspect ran north on Second Street. They're still looking for him," Burton said.

She said MATA has diverted customers to a side street to catch their buses while the police investigate the active crime scene. Route 19 is still running, but they're using another bus. There are disruptions in service, Burton said.

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