COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A transit bus in the South Linden neighborhood of Columbus was hit by gunfire Tuesday afternoon, sending the driver to the hospital.
Columbus police said a Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) bus was hit by gunfire Tuesday near the intersection of East 20th Avenue and Hamilton Avenue at approximately 4:43 p.m. A COTA representative said at least one bullet hit the windshield.
Police at the scene said between 30 and 40 shots were fired, but it’s not clear what the shooting was related to.
Police said the driver was not shot but taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as a precaution. No other injuries are reported.
A statement released by COTA after the incident reads, in full:
“Earlier today, gunfire struck a COTA transit vehicle on Hamilton Avenue in the South Linden area. We are grateful that neither the operator nor any passengers were physically harmed. We are incredibly shocked and disturbed by this incident and are working with the Columbus Division of Police to apprehend a suspect. If anyone has any information about today’s incident, we urge them to contact the authorities. At this time COTA will reroute Line 8 transit service around this intersection while we determine how to best serve the community while keeping our frontline workers and passengers safe.”COTA statement on South Linden shooting involving a bus
Columbus police had not shared information on a suspect as of 7 p.m.