Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Charges: Suspect Fired 5 Times at School Bus Windshield

Charges: Suspect Fired 5 Times at School Bus Windshield

Cops arrested Lilly for second-degree assault, but he hasn't been formally charged, according to the Associated Press.

An off-duty security guard is now charged with attempted murder after police say he shot a school bus driver in a fit of road rage.

His first court appearance is on Friday and he faces 20 years in prison if convicted.

The gunman, identified by police as Kenneth Lilly, gets out of the auto and walks around to the driver's side of the bus before opening fire.

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

An investigation revealed that the bus driver was merging onto the interstate when he collided with Lilly's sedan.

A suspect identified as Kenneth W. Lilly, 31, is seen firing shots in a video released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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Officials said the bus driver stayed awake as he was taken to a nearby hospital and is doing OK.

The complaint says Lilly pulled out a pistol and fired at the bus windshield, wounding the driver in the left arm and grazing his head. He reportedly approached the passenger door of the bus and attempted to get on.

The student on the bus was not injured.

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

Police say 911 calls came in about the crash.

That's when Lilly pulled out a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and started walking toward the front of the bus, according to the criminal complaint. Lilly apparently told troopers that he feared for his safety just before discharging the shots, a version of events which authorities quickly dismissed after reviewing footage.

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