Person of interest in custody after shooting of Metro bus driver

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ST. LOUIS — A person of interest is in police custody following the shooting of a Metro bus driver last week, the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis confirmed.

Detectives stopped a red Chrysler PT Cruiser at Jennings Station Road near Greyling Drive on Monday because it matched the description of a vehicle that may be connected to the case. The man driving the PT Cruiser was taken into custody.

Metro bus driver Jonathan Cobb was shot around 7:10 p.m. Friday in the 3400 block of Lucas and Hunt Road. Passengers reported that a single gunshot from outside of the bus struck Cobb, causing him to crash.  

Cobb remains hospitalized in critical condition. Several passengers were on the bus, but none of them were injured from the gunshot.

Jonathan Cobb

Police said ten minutes before the shooting, someone fired shots at another Metro bus near North Hanley and Airport Road. No one was seriously injured. A red PT Cruiser was observed near that shooting location as well, according to the Major Case Squad.

At a press conference on Monday, Cobb’s family pleaded for justice in the case.

“I try to think of words that I can say, but the only thing I can do is ask you all — if you know something, please! Please say something! Please! We’re begging the community,” said Cobb’s sister, Charna Wooten. “Jonathan needs justice!”

Cobb has worked for Bi-State for 9 years.  His family describes him as a loving and caring father of 1-year-old twin daughters and a talented musician, known as J-Traxx in St. Louis music circles.  

“He’s the type of person that you want to be around,” said Antoine Wooten, Cobb’s childhood guardian. “He’s the type of person you want in the room.” 

Cobb’s girlfriend said he cares deeply about their daughters and has talent in multiple aspects of music. 

“He’s a producer, manager, marketing advisor, situational manager,” said Keylla Johnson. “He’s one of those people that’s good at everything.” 

The Major Case Squad has 20 investigators working on the case. The Bi-State Development, which operates Metro, is cooperating with the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.  Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $10,000 reward.

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