The gunman suspected of opening fireplace on a Florida bus— killing two and wounding two others — is a convicted felon with a prolonged rap sheet who was on probation.
Jamal Meyers, 34, is going through costs of first-degree homicide, tried homicide and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon in Thursday’s shooting on a Broward County Transit bus in Fort Lauderdale.
“Additional charges are pending,” cops tweeted early Friday. “The motive in this case is still being investigated.”
One shooting sufferer was pronounced useless on the scene, whereas one other died at a hospital. Three different individuals had been injured when the bus drove into oncoming site visitors after the shooting broke out, police stated.
The chaos unfolded at about 2:30 p.m. as the bus was only a few blocks away from Fort Lauderdale police headquarters. The bus driver’s “quick actions” probably saved lives as she crashed right into a taxi and a Mercedes Benz SVU whereas plowing into the station, the Miami Herald reported.
Two victims who had been wounded on the bus remained hospitalized Friday, in line with the newspaper.
Meyers surrendered to cops after stepping off the bus and a gun was recovered on the scene, police stated. He stays held with out bond Friday, on-line information present, and it’s unclear if he’s employed an legal professional who might remark on his behalf.
Meyers is taken into account a critical routine felon by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Court information cited by the Associated Press present he was sentenced final year for 10 crimes between 2017 and 2019.
But every conviction carried concurrent three-year sentences, so Meyers served simply 5 months in state jail after getting credit score for greater than 800 days awaiting trial.
Meyers was in the end launched on Jan. 8 and put on probation till 2025, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
Meyers’ felony historical past dates again to 2003 when he was charged at 15 with disrupting a faculty operate. He was additionally arrested for theft and grand theft as a teen, in line with the newspaper.
With Post wires