Passengers and Lebec businesses are heroes in bus shooting

  • [photo by Gary Meyer, The Mountain Enterprise]

    [photo by Gary Meyer, The Mountain Enterprise]

One dead, five injured, two in critical condition

By Gary Meyer and Patric Hedlund, TME

Most passengers on the midnight Greyhound headed to San Francisco from Los Angeles had nodded off to sleep by 1:27 a.m. Monday morning, Feb. 3. Then, just as the bus passed through the Lebec stretch of the Grapevine, a man at the back of the bus—said by a witness to be muttering incoherent comments to himself—suddenly opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun.

He peppered the bus with eight or nine rounds, the witness…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

Photo captions:

Above: The Greyhound bus sits in the Valero gas station on Grapevine Road as CHP officers investigate the scene where a deadly shooting occurred Monday, Feb. 3. Right: Sergeant Brian Pennings and CHP investigators brief the media next door at the Jack in the Box. Denny’s restaurant took in the bus passengers, to warm, comfort and feed them.

The Greyhound bus on which the shooting occurred Monday

CHP Sergeant Brian Pennings with Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer and investigators as they briefed media on the Lebec shooting. Zimmer brought the Kern County D.A.’s Victim Services Unit to assist passengers of the bus.

This is a Century Arms semi-automatic 9 millimeter handgun, similar to the one allegedly used by suspect Anthony Devonte Williams in Monday’s shooting on the bus as it traveled through Lebec.
Investigators for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) did a rush search to trace Williams’ weapon on Monday night.

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