Passenger fatally shoots LA Metro bus driver

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A passenger fatally shot a Los Angeles bus driver Sunday. The passenger was detained after jumping out a bus window and running down the street.

Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Gordon said the driver was rushed to a hospital, where he died shortly after the shooting in West Hollywood Sunday morning.

Metro spokesman Rick Jager tells City News Service the driver was piloting a Route 105 bus east on Santa Monica Boulevard when a passenger opened fire. The driver was hit in the upper torso.

Witnesses reported seeing a man climb from a window on the bus and run toward the intersection with La Cienega Boulevard. Gordon says the suspect surrendered to deputies without incident.

A motive for the shooting was unknown.

Two firearms were recovered from inside the bus.

The names of the victim and the suspect were not released.

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