School bus driver shot after crash in Minneapolis

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2019

The bus driver was reportedly unaware he had hit anything.

Officials charged Lilly with attempted murder in the second degree and second-degree assault with a risky weapon.

Police said 31-year-old Kenneth Lilly fired five shots at the 78-year-old school bus driver who bumped his auto on an icy interstate, hitting him in the head and arm.

The gunman, identified by police as Kenneth Lilly, gets out of the vehicle and walks around to the driver's side of the bus before opening fire. Video showed Lilly walk towards the driver's side of the bus and pull out a 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol. Lilly approached the passenger door of the bus and attempted to get on.

Lilly later called 911 to report the shooting.

Minneapolis Public Schools confirmed one of its students was on the bus at the time of the incident and was unharmed.

"We do not believe there was a self-defense claim based upon the evidence that we have received so far", said prosecutor Dave Brown.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the incident was upsetting. Lilly is then seen stepping out of his vehicle, a black Toyota sedan, and walking back to confront the driver of the school bus.

"We nearly start running out of ways to describe this".

His gunfire grazed the side of the driver's head and struck his left arm. "It is just horrific". He then walked toward the front of the bus and fired five shots at the windshield.

He is expected to make his first appearance on the charges in Hennepin County District Court Friday.

The complaint said Lilly was in a security guard uniform when the shooting happened.

However, the video footage showed the defendant had retreated to a safe spot before walking in front of the bus and shooting, according to the complaint.

Lilly later told officers that he feared for his life, and said that is why he shot the bus driver, according to the complaint.

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