MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A school bus driver was shot and a suspect was arrested after a minor crash on southbound Interstate 35W near downtown Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon.
Police were called to the interchange of I-35W and I-94 near Chicago Avenue at about 2:21 p.m. on a report of a snowy fender bender. Witnesses say after both vehicle pulled off to the shoulder, the suspect got out of his vehicle and began firing several rounds at the small bus, one of which hit the driver.
A student seated in the back of the bus was unharmed. Police call the incident especially reckless.
“This raises immense concern on so many levels. The fact that someone is shooting into a school bus, the fact that you’re on a freeway where you have vehicles that are literally stranded because of the weather. You don’t have a clear back drop for any of these round. This is mind numbing,” said Minneapolis Police Spokesperson John Elder.
The Minnesota State Patrol reports finding a weapon on 31-year-old Kenneth Lilly, who was taken into custody.
The bus driver was taken to Hennepin Health where he underwent surgery. Police said he suffered non-life threatening injuries and was able to talk with officers.
According to online criminal records, Lilly has only a parking ticket and traffic ticket. Police continue to investigate what led up to the shooting.