Philadelphia Bus Shooting
August 6, 2011 by USA Post
At a preliminary hearing Thursday, prosecutors played the surveillance video that captured the horror drama on the bus. The men carrying guns sending frightened passengers on the ground and struggling to cover.
Authorities say the June 18 violence was triggered when a passenger Lafenus Pickett, scolded a passenger, Penny Chapman, spank your child.
“She was spanking your child for something he did,” Pickett told the court, speaking of Chapman. “I said, ‘that’s child abuse,” said ThePhilly.com.
Chapman called on her cell phone, and three men were waiting when she got off the bus in North Philadelphia. Two were armed, one with a long rifle and the other with a gun. They ran to open the back door of the bus and fired 13 bullets at the bus pulled away.
The driver, Desmond Jones led passengers to the nearest hospital. It turned out that nobody had been hurt.
“We are very proud of the action taken to protect our passengers,” said Jerri Williams, the chief press officer of partitions (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transport Authority).
The horrible incident took place in one of the SEPTA lines, there is no path. 47, which runs from south to north of Philadelphia Philadelphia.
The entire incident was captured at different camera angles of the bus.
Around one third of the 1,500 SEPTA buses are equipped with the technology. Williams says that this incident “validated” the importance of having cameras on board and the city expects to have all buses ready.
A Municipal Court judge ordered the men and Chapman to stand trial on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy. Trial is scheduled to begin in late August.
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