Man shot on SEPTA bus in Center City; condition 'extremely critical'

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A man was shot while he was in the back of a SEPTA bus that was moving through Center City early Thursday morning. The other passengers on board scrambled to get away when the driver pulled over.

Police say a 29-year-old was shot in the chest in a Broad Street Line Night Owl bus heading south near Chestnut Street around 1 a.m.

Initial reports from police indicate that the driver heard three or four shots, and all the passengers ran toward the front of the bus.

"The bus driver heard several gunshots. He immediately stopped the bus," said Chief Inspector Scott Small. "There were about 15 passengers on the bus, and all the passengers, other than the driver and the shooting victim, fled from the doors."

After pulling over, the driver went to the back of the bus, where the victim was drifting in and out of consciousness. Medics took him to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Police described his condition as "extremely critical."

Investigators processed the crime scene inside the bus, which was surrounded by police tape on Broad Street for several hours. Small said there was blood in the back, an unused round and a spent shell casing that was believed to be kicked onto the street when the passengers ran away.

Initially, they only got to interview the driver who was the only one left on scene with the victim. Police want to talk to people who were on the bus to get a better idea of what happened.

Authorities have not identified the shooter or a motive. Police said the bus surveillance cameras were rolling and likely captured the incident. Investigators will also be looking for footage from any of the security cameras outside the businesses on Broad Street.

The identity of the victim was not released. Police say his last known address is just outside of Philadelphia.

Stay with KYW Newsradio for more on this developing story.

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