Shattered glass injures driver of NJ Transit bus struck by bullets
JERSEY CITY — The driver of a NJ Transit bus was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries from shattered glass on Tuesday night after a bullet that struck the Hoboken bound bus caused the window to shatter.
NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith said the incident occurred around 7 p.m. when gunshots were reported fired in the vicinity of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Bidwell Avenue. The bus, on the #87 line was traveling from Gates Avenue to Hoboken when gunshots were fired in the area.
Smith said the driver was injured because of the shattered glass and not directly from the bullet. Police talked to the 25 passengers on board who were then accommodated on other buses to reach their destinations.
The Jersey City Police Department are leading the investigation. Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said the initial investigation showed that the driver was not shot or shot at.
A male believed to be involved had originally fled the scene but was located later by officers.
Morrill said he sustained a "graze wound and injury to his foot." He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, but Morrill said he is being "uncooperative" with authorities.
The investigation is being conducted by the Jersey City Police Department and is ongoing.
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