An angered gunman shot at six MTA workers early Tuesday (April 18) morning after being kicked off a Brooklyn bus for not paying the fare, police said.
The shooter, who was believed to be in his 40s, was on the SBS B82 bus at the corner of Flatlands and Louisiana Aves. in Starrett City at about 6:20 a.m. when six members of the MTA’s EAGLE Team got onboard for their daily inspections to make sure passengers paid their fare.
According to New York Daily News, when team started checking tickets to make sure everyone had swiped their MetroCard at the bus station kiosk, they noticed that the suspect had a valid MetroCard but never paid his $2.75 fare. Instead of giving him a $100 summons, he was given a warning and told to just buy a ticket and get back on the bus.
The man went to the kiosk to purchase a ticket but by the time he did the bus driver had already drove off, leaving him stranded at the bus stop. With outrage, the suspect went behind a tree, pulled out a .45-caliber pistol from his backpack and fired at the EAGLE Team members waiting at the stop nearby.
Thankfully no one was hit, police said. The gunman ran off and has not been caught as of it.