Quick thinking by female driver who sped against traffic on Florida road to police station after gunman opened fire inside her bus saved lives
Shooter, ex-con Jamal J. Meyers, 34, is being held without bond in Fort Lauderdale’s Jail after he allegedly shot four people, killing two, on a public bus Thursday
He is currently awaiting trial on nine charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon
One victim was found dead by police in the bus, another died in hospital, one other victim listed in critical condition
Distressed bus driving on the wrong side of the road, hit two vehicles heading towards the police station, but occupants suffered only minor injuries
Authorities praised the bus driver whose ‘quick actions’ saved lives
Police are still investigating the motive, though Meyers was out of jail on probation at the time of the incident
A female bus driver in Florida has been praised for her ‘quick actions’ when she made a split-second decision to drive on the wrong side of the road after an ex-con opened fire on the Broward County bus in Fort Lauderdale, killing two and injuring two others.
The shooter identified as Jamal J. Meyers, 34, is facing nine charges after he opened fired on Fort Lauderdale bus on Thursday – including a probation violation, according to court records.
The bus driver was caught on surveillance footage hurtling over a median and onto the wrong side of the road in an attempt to get to law enforcement after she heard gunshots ring out on the bus.
The distressed bus crashed into an SUV and a taxi before pulling up to the front doors of the Fort Lauderdale Police station.
The occupants of both vehicles walked away with minor injuries.
An officer who was standing outside saw the bus driving the wrong way on Broward Boulevard around 3:30 p.m. and heard gunshots, alerting other cops of the incoming trouble. The bus driver also radioed police that she was headed their way.
Thanks to the bus driver’s quick thinking, polices were able to arrest the shooter immediately.
Meyers has been formally charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
He also faces four previous charges that are currently pending and he’s currently being housed in Fort Lauderdale’s main jail without bond as he awaits his next court appearance.
It’s unclear why he opened fire on the bus.
‘The driver then forced the county bus past the vehicle that was blocking her and forced its way into the front of the police station,’ FLPD Acting Chief Luis Alvarez told WSVN.
Witnesses told WSVN they saw the event happen and knew something was wrong.
I was outside, and I just saw the bus driving on the wrong side of the road, and once it passed 11th Avenue, I’m like: “Why are they driving on the wrong side of the road?”
‘The bus hit one car, then hit the other car, and then it just drove up into the police station. ‘
A man, who was driving eastbound on the road when the bus drove toward him, said: ‘We were driving down the street. We were driving down this way on Broward Boulevard heading east, and we saw the bus coming back west on, the 22 bus, it was driving the opposite direction. I think it was coming from the terminal, and yeah, it was just driving.
We tried to move out of the way as fast as possible. I got my babies in the car and everything inside. I tried to get out as fast as I can. I told my girl: “I think something happened inside the bus,” witness Major Harris said.
As the bus drew up in front of the police station, officers rushed to the bus with guns drawn and were able to arrest Meyers on the bus and took him into custody after he surrendered.
One person was found dead on the bus and three where rushed to Broward Health Medical Center, where another victim succumbed to their injuries.
One of the surviving victims is said to be in critical condition.
Authorities have not released the names of the victims at this time.
Police, who knew the driver was on her way, came out of the station with guns drawn. They arrested Meyers on the scene and escorted passengers off the bus.
Paramedics did treat some of the victims on the scene, and blood can be seen standing the ground.
It has been reported that Meyers was also taken to the hospital before being transported to the main jail.. Alvarez praised the driver for her actions that ‘saved lives.’ He said.
‘I can tell you that the bus driver in this particular case, her quick actions, I am sure, saved lives, so kudos to her. She deserves to be applauded for her actions.’