Innocent woman injured in shooting on public bus in Southern California

Marc Sternfield and Sandra Mitchell

55 mins ago

California Highway Patrol officers are searching for a man who shot at a crowded public bus Monday night, injuring an innocent woman, authorities said.

The shooting occurred around 6 p.m. on a Foothill Express bus carrying about 20 people westbound on the 10 Freeway.

A CHP spokesman said an “altercation” broke out between two men on the bus when one of them pulled out a gun and began firing as the bus approached Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park.

“The passenger was hit. Whether it was a ricochet or a direct hit, we don't know at this time,” said CHP Lt. Saul Gomez.

Shooting on the bus

The bus driver pulled over to the side of the highway, where the gunman got out and fled, officials said.

The shooting victim was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No other passengers were injured.

“The bus is equipped with multiple surveillance cameras and our team was dispatched immediately after the incident tonight… we were able to turn over the footage to CHP,” said Doran Barnes, CEO of Foothill Transit.

The shooter was only described as a Hispanic man in his 30s. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Foothill Transit serves the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys.