Metro bus driver shooting
at 3:17pm by Berit Anderson
The week got off to a traumatizing start in Seattle this morning. Just after 9 a.m., police shot and detained a gunman accused of shooting a metro bus driver downtown at 3rd and Union. The 67-year-old driver was hit multiple times, but the King County Executive’s office reported that he was conscious and talking. The suspect, on the other hand, was taken to Harborview with life-threatening injuries. Crosscut's John Stang has the full story.
The incident occurred just two blocks from the intersection of 3rd and Pine, which has faced scrutiny as a long-standing locale for drug-associated crime. Police have increased their presence in the area, but tensions around their use of force policies are rumored to have made officers hesitant about reacting to certain disturbances. It's also unlikely that the uncertainty around the city's next chief executive has helped the department's leadership. Regardless of weird leadership dynamics, responding officers today are to be commended for taking quick and decisive action that may have saved the lives of many innocent bus passengers.