Baltimore police are looking for a suspect who gunned down a city bus driver while trying to rob him on Thursday morning. According to Baltimore City Police spokesman Donny Moses, Marcus Parks, 51, stopped at the 1200 block of E. Fayette Street, Jonestown, to drop passengers when the suspect tried to board the bus.
"Everyone had just gotten off of the bus," Moses said. "The suspect tried to get onto the bus, at which time the bus driver told him that no passengers were allowed on the bus at that time."
However, the suspect grabbed the driver's bag and tried to flee. Marcus gave him a chase, but the suspect turned around and opened fire, seriously injuring the bus driver. Marcus fell to the ground when the suspect approached and shot him several times while standing over him. The veteran bus driver died on the scene.
An officer on a nearby patrol heard the gunshots and tried to apprehend the suspect, who managed to escape with a big black bag.
Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young condemned the murder of an essential worker he referred to as a friend.
"Attacking an essential worker during a global pandemic is the epitome of depravity," he said. "We must have an end to these senseless acts of violence, and as a city, we must find other ways to cope instead of resorting to violence."
Baltimore City occupies the second position on the list of (mostly liberal) cities expected to have the highest number of homicides in 2020. The city has registered 256 homicides this year, a slight decrease from last year's 262 murders for the same period.
Bus drivers have called for the enactment of the Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act to ensure drivers and pedestrians' safety.
Given the rate of victimization by armed criminals, maybe it's time for the union to push for the arming or bus drivers.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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