RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Richmond Police are investigating after they say a 22-year-old man was fatally shot on a GRTC bus in Southside Plaza Tuesday night.
Police were called to a shooting at 11:03 p.m. in the 4000 block of Hull Street.
Once on scene, they found Jonathan Contreras, 22, of Richmond, had been shot on a GRTC bus. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.
The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.
GRTC said two passengers on-board the bus were involved in a confrontation with each other that resulted in gunfire. GRTC was able to retrieve security footage for investigators overnight that included both an audio and video recording of the inside and outside of the bus.
The bus driver noticed the confrontation, pulled the break and came to a stop on the side of the road — not at an official bus stop. They sounded an emergency alarm to call for help.
“The operator was able to recognize that there was something happening on the bus while it was in motion,” said GRTC spokesperson Carrie Rose Pace.
Rose Pace said that at least three passengers rushed off the bus right before Contreras was shot multiple times.
GRTC CEO Julie Timm said, “The GRTC Family is grieved for the terrible violence and loss of a life that occurred on a GRTC bus. We extend our sincere condolences to the friends and loved ones of our bus passenger who died because of their injuries. We are also deeply concerned for the bus operator and other passenger on-board who witnessed this violence and are ensuring they both receive support. GRTC’s bus Operator is off duty on paid leave and was thankfully uninjured during the incident.”
Police told 8News multiple people were on the bus during the incident, but no one else was injured.
Rose Pace said this is the first passenger to passenger related death on a GRTC vehicle in at least six years.
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