(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Two people are dead and another two are injured after a shooting on a public transit bus in Florida, police said.
Another three people were injured in a car crash connected to the incident in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday afternoon.
Police identified the suspected shooter Friday as Jamal Meyers, 34. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, court records show. Additional charges are pending, police said. Court records do not list any attorney information for Meyers.
The shooting occurred around 3:25 p.m. on a Broward County Transit bus. The bus driver heard “several gunshots” and pulled into the parking lot of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, according to Luis Alvarez, the department’s acting police chief.
“The bus driver’s quick actions to pull into the police station saved lives,” Alvarez said at a briefing.
The driver forced the bus past another vehicle to get into the parking lot, resulting in the car crash, Alvarez said. The three people injured in the crash were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
One of the shooting victims was pronounced dead at the scene, and another died at the hospital, police said. The other two victims were transported to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unclear at this time.
The suspected shooter was taken into custody shortly after police responded. The suspect surrendered to an officer at the scene, according to Alvarez.
“We do not believe there to be any further threat to the public,” the Fort Lauderdale Police Department said on Twitter.
#FLPD & #FLFR confirms 4 people were transported as a result of the shooting that occurred on a bus. The bus came to a stop in the parking lot of the Fort Lauderdale Police Dept. As a result of this, a car crash occurred, injuring an additional 3 people who were treated on scene.
— Fort Lauderdale Police (@ftlauderdalepd) March 17, 2022
The motive for the shooting is unclear at this time, according to police.
All witnesses are being questioned as part of the investigation, police said.
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