DAYTON — Three people were injured and two juveniles have been charged after a shooting onboard a bus at the downtown Dayton RTA hub Tuesday afternoon, said Lt. Jason Hall with Dayton Police.
Two passengers on an RTA bus and the bus driver were all shot after a fight on a bus escalated into gunfire around 2:30 p.m., Hall said.
Surveillance video obtained by WHIO-TV through a public records request shows the violence unfold in front of at least of half dozen other people.
“This is a horribly regrettable incident,” Hall said.
Hall said one of the juveniles arrested was charged with felony assault and is being held in the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center. The other juvenile arrested was charged with tampering with evidence and was released on supervised home detention, Hall said.
The injuries to those involved are believed to be non-life threatening.
“It very certainly could have resulted in somebody losing their life,” Hall said.
Officers were able to locate two suspects and took them into custody on East Sixth Street within about an hour of the shooting.
“RTA is thankful to the actions of the first responders who assisted our employee and eventually apprehended the suspects. Their quick response, professionalism, and dedication made a difficult situation manageable,” said RTA CEO Robert Ruzinsky. “Our driver is expected to recover and our employees took care of our customers. Operations at the Wright Stop Transit Center have resumed and all buses are running on schedule.”
The shooting prompted The Arcade nearby to ‘shelter in place,’ according to a safety alert from the University of Dayton.
The gunfire prompted a shutdown of the Wright Stop Plaza RTA hub for more than an hour, while investigators collected evidence and reviewed surveillance footage. Buses were re-routed to load and unload at Main Street between Third and Second streets during the incident.
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