Pittsburgh Regional Transit police are looking for two men accused of firing a gun inside a Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus while passengers were inside.
The shooting happened just after 10 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Patton Street and Middle Avenue in Wilmerding.
The transit spokesperson said four passengers were on the bus at the time of the shooting. Luckily, no one was hurt but this has some riders concerned.
“A little scared actually I had no idea that happened honestly,” said Taylor Schutt.
The incident was captured on video. According to Pittsburgh Regional Transit, the video shows one of the men taking the gun out of a backpack, placing it on his lap and pulling the trigger. The bullet hit a window at the back of the bus. The driver stopped the bus and opened the front door when he heard the shot and both men ran off.
A rider said she’s going to be extra cautious now when riding the bus.
“I look around when I’m on the bus all the time just to make sure nothing is happening,” said Cristal McConnell. “It is terrifying. I don’t like it. I wouldn’t think it would happen here.”
This comes at a time when more people are taking public transit. Pittsburgh Regional Transit saw ridership almost double in April compared to the year before. It had an average of 111,000 riders on weekdays in April between the bus, rail, and incline. However, it didn’t say what was exactly driving the demand.
For Schutt, the increased ridership is because of high gas prices and inflation.
“I don’t have to spend a ton of money on gas or anything. I do have a spend a little on bus fare nothing in comparison to gas prices and all of that,” said Schutt.
The transit spokesperson said that even though events like this are rare, Pittsburgh Regional Transit is always concerned about the safety of its employees and riders. Pittsburgh Regional Transit asks anyone with information about this incident to contact the police.
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