A bus driver is being called a hero for barreling into a parking lot at Fort Lauderdale police headquarters after a gunman opened fire.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – A bus driver is being called a hero for barreling into a parking lot at Fort Lauderdale police headquarters after a gunman opened fire on a bus, killing two passengers.
The bomber struck shortly after 2:30 a.m. Thursday as a Broward County transit bus was passing through a busy road near downtown Fort Lauderdale, police said.
When the driver heard gunshots, police said he forced his way into a turn lane and then drove to police headquarters. Officers rushed to the scene after hearing the commotion and the suspect got off the bus and surrendered, police said.
At a news conference on Thursday, acting police chief Luis Alvarez said, “In this particular case, the bus driver, his swift action, I am sure lives have been saved.” “So his praise. He deserves applause for his work.”
Investigators say that upon hearing the gunshots, the bus driver realized that the car was “pinned in” and could not cross the Boulevard Boulevard, so he drove around in a vehicle that was blocking him and forcing him to cross the road.
“It simply came to our notice then. The way the bus driver behaved and many people would not behave in front of the police station, ”Alvarez said.
Investigators say the gunman was a habitual offender. They still don’t know the motive.
Stephen Golan, head of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion, told the news outlet that one was shot dead on the bus and another died at the hospital.
Another bus passenger was in critical condition and a fourth was seriously injured, officials said.
The bus hit their vehicle and three others were slightly injured and were treated on the spot.
Jamal Meyers, 34, faces charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and trespassing. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement considers the man a serious habitual offender who has had numerous encounters with the legal system since 2003.
According to court documents, Meyers was convicted in 2021 of 10 crimes committed between 2017 and 2019. Each convict is sentenced to three years in prison, so after serving more than 800 days awaiting trial, he faces up to five months in a state prison. . He was released on January 6.
It was not immediately clear if Meyers had an attorney to speak for.