An individual died and four others, including an 11-year-old girl and a pregnant woman, were injured in a shooting on a Greyhound bus in Northern California on Feb. 2.
The shooting began at around 7:35 p.m. local time inside the bus outside of a convenience store on Oroville-Dam Boulevard and Feather River Boulevard, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Upon arriving at the scene, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Oroville Police Department located five people who were shot — one of whom was pronounced dead at the scene while four others were transported to local hospitals.
The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect fled the scene before authorities arrived, but they later located him in a nearby Walmart and took him into custody.
In a press conference on Feb. 3, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea identified the suspect as 21-year-old Asaahdi Elijah Coleman of Sacramento.
Honoea said Coleman had “no clothing on” and was “acting in an erratic manner” when authorities arrested him.
Honea also said Coleman was showing “paranoid behavior” on the bus and may have thought a passenger was an undercover law enforcement officer.
Coleman fired his weapon when the bus parked in Oroville, Honoea said.
Officials said Coleman ran off after opening fire and dropped his handgun at a construction site.
Butte County District Attorney Michael Ramsey said that authorities recovered 12 9mm shell cases from the scene.
Ramsey called the shooting an “extraordinary event” in the small town.
“A mass shooting (is) something that we have not had in this community,” Ramsey added.
The shooting remains under investigation and officials will determine if drugs, alcohol, or mental health issues had a role in the suspect’s behavior.
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