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Suspect pulled shotgun from suitcase in Metro bus killing, says D.A.

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The scene in West Hollywood on Sunday after a bus driver was shot by a passenger. On Tuesday, Anthony Craig Chambers, 41, was charged with special circumstance murder.

The L.A. County District Attorney filed charges Tuesday against 41-year-old suspect Anthony Craig Chambers for the fatal shooting of 51-year-old Metro bus driver Alan Thomas.

Thomas had just steered the bus onto Santa Monica Boulevard out of a layover area at La Cienega Boulevard when he was attacked on Sunday morning.

Shortly after boarding around 9 a.m., the defendant allegedly pulled a shotgun from a suitcase, approached the victim and shot him twice, according to the D.A.'s news release.

Chambers was arrested near the scene. Thomas was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he died around 9:30 a.m.

For lying in wait, Chambers was charged Tuesday with special circumstance murder. He was also charged with murder of transportation personnel, and there was a special allegation of personal use of a firearm. 


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The reward sign for the USC murder case showed at the press conference announcing the arrest of suspects.

The USC graduate students fatally shot less than a mile from campus were killed in what officials are calling a botched robbery. On Monday, two men -- 20-year-old Bryan Barnes and 19-year-old Javier Bolden -- were charged in the April 11 slayings of Ying Wu and Ming Qu. Both suspects face capital murder charges that could result in the death penalty. The victims, Chinese electrical engineering students, were shot as they sat inside of a vehicle in the West Adams neighborhood.

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Suspect named in fatal shooting of Metro bus driver in WeHo

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The scene in West Hollywood on Sunday after a bus driver was shot by a passenger. On Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Anthony Craig Chambers, 41, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Authorities have a suspect name but no motive for the fatal shooting of a bus driver in West Hollywood over the weekend.

LA County sheriff's investigators have identified 41-year-old Anthony Chambers of Los Angeles as a suspect in the Sunday morning shooting.

Chambers was booked for investigation of murder and is being held Monday on $1 million bail. Authorities believe Chambers and the bus driver were the only people on the Metro bus at the time of the shooting. The victim was reportedly hit in the torso.

Witnesses told investigators they saw Chambers climb out of a bus window and run down the street. He was reportedly arrested soon after.

The driver was identified Monday as 51-year-old Alan Thomas, a five-year veteran, according to the L.A. Times.

Thomas had just steered the bus onto Santa Monica Boulevard out of a layover area at La Cienega Boulevard when he was attacked, said Metro spokesperson Marc Littman, NBC LA reports.


10 freeway shooting near Indio shuts down lanes Monday morning

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Shots fired along the 10 freeway in Indio caused a shutdown of westbound lanes on Monday morning.

Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron told KPCC that a vehicle collided into the center median on the I-10 near Jefferson and Indio Boulevard in a single vehicle accident -- a male driver was the only the person in the car. 

Two California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene around 5 a.m., and an officer involved shooting occurred that sent the driver of the crashed vehicle to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

Indio PD, still on the scene, will continue handling the investigation. It is unclear what caused the accident or what events led to the shooting. Both of the CHP officers involved are reported uninjured.

Guitron expects the scene to keep the freeway closed for at least another three or four hours.


Shell casings indicate at least one other shooter in deadly gunfight in San Bernardino park

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Police recover a revolver possibly used in a San Bernardino gunfight in which two men were killed, a woman gravely injured and another man shot in the foot.

Authorities in San Bernardino now believe at least one other shooter was involved in Sunday night’s deadly gun battle which left two men dead, another man injured and a woman clinging to life.

The Press-Enterprise reports that police investigators believe no fewer than three firearms were in play during the 9:15 p.m. gunfight in the parking lot of the Delmann Heights Community Center. Two of the weapons belonged to the two dead men -- 35-year-old Ramiro Aguilar Jr. of San Bernardino and 31-year-old Corey Broussard of Victorville -- who apparently started the violence after getting into an argument.

More than 20 rounds were fired, police told the Press-Enterprise -- with dozens of innocent bystanders in the area. Kids were playing basketball while families enjoyed a local baseball game and a large community barbeque, complete with DJ, which Aguilar and Broussard were also attending.