KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say a gunman opened hearth on a Kalamazoo Metro bus Saturday morning, injuring three folks, earlier than being fatally shot by officers.
“Sadly, round 9 a.m. this morning we had an lively shooter on the Kalamazoo Transportation Middle,” mentioned Kalamazoo Division of Public Security Chief Vernon Coakley.
Coakley mentioned Anthony Oliver, 54, acquired on a bus and began capturing. Three passengers had been shot and wounded. Their accidents will not be thought-about life-threatening.
Coakley mentioned it was not but recognized whether or not Oliver knew any of the passengers.
Officers known as to the scene on a report of photographs fired discovered an lively shooter scenario. Coakley mentioned Oliver and “a number of” officers exchanged gunfire and Oliver was shot.
He was taken to the hospital, the place he died.
No officers had been damage.
The bus was later seen parked on Rose Road, surrounded by police tape and with a police cruiser parked behind it. A Information 8 crew on the bus station additionally noticed a big space taped off, with KDPS hearth blocking entry to Kalamazoo Avenue. Viewer pictures confirmed a number of police items and ambulances. Kalamazoo County’s cell emergency command heart was later known as to the scene as authorities investigated.
KDPS officers took down the tape and opened the closed-off streets round 5 p.m.
Coakley is grateful extra folks weren’t damage within the incident.
“It’s a public place as you talked about earlier, many individuals coming and going utilizing the transportation heart or simply strolling by means of,” Coakley mentioned.
Coakley laments KDPS having to answer an occasion of gun violence.
“And I’ll say it proper right here, proper now dang it, let’s pray about it,” Coakley mentioned. “I’m going to be intentful in saying that, we gotta pray about it to cease. We as a group must do it. Let’s try this collectively.”
Michigan State Police have been known as in to research. That’s normal process when native officers use lethal pressure.
Metro bus service known as off all remaining routes for the remainder of the day starting at 11:15 a.m. No Metro employees had been damage.
Metro bus service is being suspended for the day (Saturday, 11/27) as of 11:15 am because of an incident on the Transportation Middle downtown. Our drivers are working to supply data to Public Security right now. Thanks to your understanding.
—Information 8’s David Horak and Brittany Flowers contributed to this report.
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