Authorities are investigating a shooting on a King County Metro bus that critically injured a 27-year-old man in Renton on Tuesday afternoon. One person was arrested as the suspected shooter, investigators said.
First-responders were called to the scene near Talbot Road South and South 21st Street around 4:30 p.m., the King County Sheriff’s Office said. Witnesses said the man and suspect were talking before the suspect pulled out a gun and fired, the office said.
It’s unknown if or to what extent they know each other.
The suspect, whose age and gender is unknown, then walked to the front of the bus, pointed the gun at the driver and told him to stop the bus, the office said. The driver complied, then the suspect ran before authorities quickly arrested that person nearby.
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They booked the suspect into the King County Jail, and medics took the victim to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition, the office said.
Metro spokesman Scott Gutierrez said the incident was reported on a bus on Route 169, which runs from the Kent Station on Railroad Avenue North and East Pioneer Street to the Renton Transit Center on Burnett Avenue South and South Second Street.
He said other passengers were on the bus at the time, though it was unclear how many. And of the driver, Gutierrez said, “he’s definitely shaken up” but was not injured.
To help witnesses, the agency drove a bus to the scene to operate as a shelter while authorities investigated, he said.
Because the shooting occurred on a Metro bus, police said the King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.