ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — The Major Case Squad is investigating an incident involving a Metro bus driver in north St. Louis County Friday night. Taulby Roach, President & CEO of Bi-State Development said one of their MetroBus operators was shot and critically wounded while driving the #64 Lucas Hunt MetroBus.
Roach said the operator was struck by a bullet fired from outside of the bus and the incident did not involve any of their patrons.
Police responded to the scene around 7:15 p.m. near Normandy Place and Lucus and Hunt Road in Beverly Hills. Video from FOX 2 appears to show the bus crashed into a pole.
Roach released the following statement Saturday morning:
“We are deeply saddened that on Friday evening, one of our MetroBus operators was a victim of senseless gun violence. Tragically, our operator was critically wounded while on duty, serving the community on the #64 Lucas Hunt MetroBus.
We are grieving this unexplainable event and ask the region to pray for the operator and their family. We also ask the public to recognize our heroic workforce who are understandably shaken by this event. Metro operators are true public servants and their bravery in the face of the ills of our region is courageous. They deserve much better than this.
The St. Louis Major Case Squad is handling this investigation, however we can say that our operator was struck by a bullet fired from outside the bus and did not involve any of our patrons. We are fully cooperating with the Major Case Squad, and are providing video resources and any assistance necessary to support their efforts to bring those responsible for this senseless tragedy to justice.”