SEATTLE — A shooting on board a King County Metro bus Monday morning sent the driver to the hospital and left two passengers slightly injured.
A few hours later, King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a public statement declaring that the transit system is safe and the shooting was an “isolated incident.”
“The transit system is safe. The drivers who deliver hundreds of thousands of folks to their destinations every day are remarkably dedicated. I hope the next time you board a bus you will take a moment to thank your metro driver,” he said.
Michael Wheeler rides the bus every day and was waiting for his bus on 3rd Avenue this morning.
“Things are going to happen everywhere you go,” Wheeler said. “You have to pick up on that. There’s people out there that have different things going on.”
But some people in downtown Seattle were a little uneasy about boarding a bus after what happened.
“Right off the bat I thought to myself, ‘I’m not surprised. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened a long time ago or somebody got killed’,” Clay Brown said. “Because they’re on the bus all the time. Not everyone’s like that, but I’m here to tell you it happens.”