Man hit by stray bullet on SEPTA bus says inhaler in pocket saved his life

Victim was shot in arm around 3 a.m. while on his way to work
Stray bullet hits passenger on SEPTA bus in Frankford
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A passenger on a SEPTA bus who was hit by a stray bullet in Frankford early Tuesday morning said the inhaler in his pocket may have saved his life.

Around 3 a.m., police said a Route 56 bus was on Torresdale Avenue, close to Frankford Avenue, when the driver and passengers on board heard at least one shot fired.

A stray bullet pierced the right side of the bus, just to the right of the rear door and below a window. The bullet struck 35-year-old Quinzel Kane in the arm as he sat in a seat.

Kane was on his way to his sanitation job.

The driver pulled over at Torresdale Avenue and Orthodox Street, police said, where other passengers, including Kane’s coworkers, called 911. Medics and officers helped him and took him to the hospital.

“He’s lucky he was only shot in the arm and he is in stable condition, and he is conscious, walking and talking, and cooperating with police,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

“As soon as the gunshots go off, I immediately felt the pain,” Kane said after he was released from the hospital. “Everybody went down to the ground. Blood was everywhere.”

His asthma inhaler was in his hoodie pocket, which he believes stopped the bullet from doing more serious damage.

There were six other passengers on board, along with the driver. None of them were hurt.

SEPTA Transit Police said in a statement, “This was a horrific incident. Our thoughts are with the victim as he recovers from the gunshot wound. We will continue working closely with PPD to identify the person responsible.

“SEPTA Police are working in close coordination with Philadelphia Police. As part of this, SEPTA is reviewing surveillance video from the bus to see if there are any images that can help identify the shooter.”

In the meantime, Kane is counting his blessings — and thinking about moving out of the city.

“I’m an honest man, I work hard. Ten hours a day, five days a week,” he said. “It’s a shame that people out here like me have to go through these things.”

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