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Charges: St. Paul man fired 5 shots into school bus with child aboard

The shooting happened on I-35W on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

A St. Paul man has been charged with the attempted murder of a school bus driver in Minneapolis this week.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, 31-year-old Kenneth Lilly was driving on I-35W near Chicago Ave. south downtown Minneapolis just after 2 p.m. Tuesday when a school bus scraped his car while merging in snowy conditions. 

Video from traffic cameras shows Lilly stop his vehicle in traffic, get out of his car and then walk towards the bus.

Lilly tried to get on the bus but was denied because there was a child on board. He then walked to the front of the bus, pulled out a 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol from his security guard uniform's holster and fired five shots through the windshield. 

One bullet hit the driver in the arm and another grazed his head.  

The release says Lilly fired the shots and then walked to the side of the bus and called 911.

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“The actions of Mr. Lilly were outrageous and it was sheer luck that neither the bus driver nor the little girl were killed,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “Minneapolis police are continuing their investigation and if we can add aggravating circumstances for a longer sentence, should we prove him guilty, we will do so."

The bus driver was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. 

Lilly was charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault. He's scheduled to appear in court on Friday. 

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