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Seattle bus driver shot in torso drives passengers to safety

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Several bullet holes can be seen in the driver-side window of a Metro bus on Northeast 125th Street, between 32nd and 33rd Avenues Northeast, after a shooting in Seattle on Wednesday March 27, 2019.

SEATTLE (AP):

A Seattle bus driver hailed as a hero for steering the bus away from a gunman who opened fire on him and his passengers says he’s “glad to be alive”.

Eric Stark was hit in the torso Wednesday afternoon by a bullet, but authorities say he still managed to turn the bus around and drive away.

Officials say the gunman opened fire on the bus while walking in a neighbourhood Wednesday then opened fire on a motorist, killing him.

Stark told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ that he was just doing his job and that ‘it’s what any other driver would be able to do if they were physically able’.

Stark was hospitalised. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says he “saved lives and took action even after being harmed”.