RTA bus windows shattered by gunfire

Published: Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Monday, May 25, 2015 @ 5:51 PM

Update@5:50 p.m. (May 25):

Dayton police are investigating recent reports of RTA buses being hit by gunfire.

Two reports were taken a little over a week apart. No one was hurt in either case, but riders told the newspaper on Monday that it still left an unsettling feeling.

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“This is public transportation,” said Yolanda Price of Dayton, “You’re basically vandalizing your own mode of transportation.”

Another regular rider, Emile Thomas, agreed.

“It’s endangering people’s lives,” she said. “Period.”

Two passenger windows on a Greater Dayton RTA bus were damaged Saturday night, possibly from a BB gun in the 800 block of Edison Street.

Police said glass fragments from two right-side windows were scattered on four seats inside the bus, according to the Dayton police report.

The RTA supervisor told police the cost to fix each window is estimated between $800 to $1,000, according to the report.

Police said a small hole in one of the windows indicated it was shot by a BB gun.

Earlier, on May 15, police responded to the intersection of Nicholas and McArthur avenues after getting complaints of gunshots being fired. Officers soon met with an RTA driver who stated he too heard five or six gunshots on Nicholas.

Upon further inspection, it was determined a door and side window were hit, breaking the safety glass.

Roughly seven passengers were on board at the time.

“It makes no sense,” Price said.

RTA officials were not available for comments on Monday.

First take (May 24):

Two passenger windows on a Greater Dayton RTA bus were damaged Saturday night, possibly from a BB gun in the 800 block of Edison Street.

Police said glass fragments from two right-side windows were scattered on four seats inside the bus, according to the Dayton police report.

The RTA supervisor told police the cost to fix each window is estimated at $800 to $1,000, according to the report.

Police said a small hole in one of the windows indicated it was shot by a BB gun.

No one was hurt in the incident, which remains under investigation.