'Hero' tackles man who fired gun on Megabus headed to Twin Cities, reports say


A 28-year-old Chicago commuter who was on his way to Minneapolis when he subdued a gunman aboard a Megabus late Tuesday night is being hailed as a hero.

Kenneth Smith was one of several passengers shocked by what sounded like a gunshot coming from the bus bathroom shortly after the vehicle left Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. The situation escalated when the gun-wielding suspect emerged and began harassing the bus driver.

"I stood up … I grabbed him and told him to leave the bus driver alone,” Smith told the paper. "He told me to mind my business, so I pushed him."

Smith tackled the suspect and was able to hold him down long enough for Illinois State Police to arrive and arrest him after the bus pulled over near Des Plaines, Illinois, NBC Chicago reports.

“He saved us,” a fellow passenger told the station. “The bus could’ve crashed or anything the way that guy was aggravating the bus driver so that guy right there is a hero."

According WCCO, no one was injured when the gun went off, though a bullet did hit the toilet.

While the trip was interrupted, passengers were transferred to a new bus and eventually completed their trip to Minneapolis, WGN reports.

The male suspect has not been identified.

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