Bus Driver & Friend Killed In Queens

Unfortunately tragedy has once again struck the close colony that makes up MTA New York City Transit bus drivers. Last month 46 year old Edwin Thomas was fatally stabbed while operating the B46. This time a 32 year old bus driver named Andre Saunders & his 21 year old friend LeMarr Wilson were killed in a wild shootout on a Queens street corner. The incident took place in front of the Jamaica Houses at 160th St. and 109th Ave. Edgar Sandoval & Simone Weichselbaum of the New York Daily News have more on this horrific tragedy:

A city bus driver and a friend were shot and killed in an afternoon shootout on a Queens streetcorner, police said.

Andre Saunders, 32, of Beach Channel, was hit in the head and chest when at least one gunman opened fire outside the Jamaica Houses at 160th St. and 109th Ave., police and neighbors said.

The slain man worked as a bus driver for the Metropolitan Transit Authority and also filmed rap videos as a hobby, officials said.

Saunders was filming a video with two other men, ages 17 and 21, outside the housing development when gunfire erupted, friends said.

Lemarr Wilson, 21, was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. He died later. A third man, 17, was struck in the leg during the 4:45 p.m. melee.

Police said they had no motive for the shootings and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Click here for the complete story.

My condolences go out to the victims of this horrific tragedy. I hope the individual(s) responsible are fully punished. I also wish only the best for the rest of our bus drivers & other MTA employees who due their best to move us from one destination to another.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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