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Sidewalk closed near bus where driver was shot. (Photo: Jon Viscott)

An MTA bus driver was shot on Sunday morning on Santa Monica Boulevard at West Knoll.

The driver was killed, according to council member John Duran and Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Witnesses reported that the suspect shot the bus driver then got off the bus with hands in the air and waited for Sheriff’s Deputies to arrive. The bus rolled backwards and hit a few parked cars.

The incident happened at about 9:10AM this morning just steps away from MTA’s bus yard.  A supervisor near the scene preparing for the AMGEN bike race street closures happened to see the bus roll backward and ran to the bus to see what the problem was.

Immediately after the incident, witnesses saw a male Black adult climb from a window on the bus and run toward Santa Monica Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard.

West Hollywood deputies arrived at the scene and saw the bus operator suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso.  They were on the scene within minutes and quickly took the suspect into custody without incident. Witnesses were then asked to identify the shooter.

“The suspect shot the bus driver [then] got off bus with hands in air and waited for cops,” said Donna Brook. The “bus rolled backwards into parked cars.”

“WeHo cops surrounded a bus on Santa Monica Blvd and La Cienega,” said Austin Watkins. “I heard them say victim is bleeding out and they are looking for shooter.”

The victim, who has not yet been identified, was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

MTA Bus where driver was shot, pictured in the minutes after the shooting. (Photo: Arthur Pia)

According to the Sheriff’s Department, during the investigation two firearms were recovered from the inside of the bus. NBC LA reports that the weapon used was a shotgun.  Another source confirms to Weho Daily that a shotgun was used in the incident.

There were no immediately known personal ties between the suspect and the victim, according to NBC LA, and a motive was not yet known.

Santa Monica Boulevard was closed around the incident between Westmount and La Cienega for an investigation.  Homicide detectives were en route to the scene by about 10:30AM.

Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

The suspect is currently being held at the West Hollywood Station.

A bomb squad was requested and deployed to the bus at 3PM to check on a suspicious package as the suspect left some belongings behind.  No bomb was found and the scene was turned back over to homicide detectives around 4:30PM.

Homicide detectives were preparing to have the bus towed from the scene at about 6PM.

No further details were immediately available.

This is the second murder within less than 48 hours in the area.  A man was stabbed to death on Orlando early Saturday morning.  A suspect in the Orlando incident is also in custody.

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  1. sheila says:

    R.i.p.m. Alan, my condolences to your family…

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  2. Mozzman says:

    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON???????? TWO , Two.Not acceptable!

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  3. Kim, L.A. West says:

    Drugs/poverty creating monstrous loonies, terrorizing law abiding folks. Infrastructures breaking down… mentally/emotionally ill getting no real help, hurts all of society..

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  4. DRIVER FOR MTA says:

    Just dont understand how these bus drivers get paid so little and have to deal with more then everybody in the damn company. The managers treat you like shit and your constantly sexually harrassed by the men supervisors in the company. Then they expect drivers to go out and deal with these crazy ass passengers with no protection! MTA GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!

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  5. MELLOW says:

    FIRST I WILL LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. I WILL LIKE TO SAY THAT I AM OUTRAGED THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS CAN HAPPEN. AS OPERATORS WE ARE EXPECTED TO DO SO MUCH AND PAYED SO LITTLE. THERE MUST BE SO KIND OF CHANGE TO ENSURE OUR SAFTY WHEN WORKING WITH THE PUBLIC. M.T.A. NEED TO STOP TREATING US LIKE WE ARE EXPENDABLE AND START COMING UP WITH WAYS TO PROTECT US BETTER ON THE LINE. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROTECT OUR SELF BY ANY MEANS NECCESARY.

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  6. MTA Husband says:

    MTA operators are being prayed upon all too often now- it seems every day I hear another story of verbal assault, sexual misconduct, fights, drugs, drivers being spit on, barfed on, stuff thrown at them…. all the while MTA management down plays each incident and the police / sheriffs depart are too busy to respond.
    Shame on MTA management, LAPD and LASO.

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  7. Sean says:

    See what slashing the funding for mental health gets you. Nice work CA Assembly.

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  8. Female Driver says:

    I’m sadden..another senseless shoting. as driver for last 6yrs that has been a concern of mine. We put up with alot on the lines and the divisions. How our job is mimize by our peers…Safety is posted every were in divisions,yard ,on the bus but never about the safety of the driver..Shame on MTA…it have to get better..My prayer are with my brother…R.I.P.

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  9. Vic Birtchnell says:

    As an ex driver and inspector of almost 40 years,I wish to add my condolences for a man that was just earning a living.I am sure my friends still working would wish me to add there sympathy’s.

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  10. Norm says:

    I’ve been a bus driver for 24 yrs in Vancouver,B.C. Canada C.A.W 111

    I’ve seen a lot of crap going on over the years no different up here in the great white north, but no one, absolutely no one deserves this,
    Rest In Peace my brother, warm heart felt condolences to your family

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  11. Fellow Operator says:

    Its pretty Sad that a Company such as MTA can put up Millions of dollars into a Rail system from Orange County to San Francisco or an Underground Rail right under Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hill, Ca
    but can’t seem to Pull their head outta their ass to put up those Funds for the Bus Operators who need protection from ignorant ass people who do such things like this against Hard Working Bus Operators who literally have their Lively hood at stake while being out in the open to the general public.
    This shoul be a Wake Up call to the MTA & the Union Reps!
    No Bus Operator deserves this type of Action against them.
    It would really be something if every single Operator out of every division took a day off out of work all on the same day just to honor Alan Thomas & every operator who have had something tragic happen to them but also as a means to take a stand that there are strength in numbers & also Represent to the MTA. . . . . Either put forth the Millions of dollars into the Operators protection or this will happen again & all operators shall plan another day off to show that they mean business against offences such as this.

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  12. M. Newman says:

    I Think MTA needs to follow up on the request from there drvers for protection from all the crazies, who are tryiny to do bodily harm to there employees. And not let the samething happen to someone else like my son Alan Thomas who was shot and lost his life because of no help from MTA.

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