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Shooting on Metro Transit bus leaves one injured

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An argument between two men aboard a Metro Transit bus turned violent Saturday morning, when one of them shot the other and then fled the scene. The suspect is still at large, police say.

The Route 19 bus made a routine stop near Penn Avenue N. and 17th Avenue when the suspect got on board about 11 a.m. Saturday, FOX 9 reports. He immediately started arguing with a passenger who was sitting toward the front of the bus, then pulled out a gun and shot him, witnesses told police. The gunman then fled the bus and has not yet been found.

The victim was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale for treatment. He has not been identified and his condition has not been released, according to the Star Tribune.

The other passengers were transferred to another bus to complete their rides. None of them was injured in the shooting.

Metro Transit officials said they are not sure whether the suspect and victim knew each other, but they don't believe it was a random shooting, according to KSTP.

Both Minneapolis and Metro Transit police are investigating.

Guilty plea in a fatal bus shooting in July

The Route 19 bus, which takes riders between Brooklyn Center and parts of Minneapolis, saw another shooting just a few months ago. The 17-year-old suspect in that fatal shooting pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

Joshua Ford was convicted of shooting and killing 38-year-old Andrew Billingsley Jr. in July after they began arguing on the Route 19 bus near 26th and Penn Avenues. Billingsley confronted Ford and his friends over their harassment of his son. Ford then drew a gun from his waistband and told Billingsley to get off the bus.

Billingsley went out through the front door while Ford went to the back door and started shooting, according to authorities.

Witnesses told police Billingsley ran toward a nearby gas station on Penn Avenue, while Ford continued shooting at him until Billingsley fell to the ground and died. Ford was arrested the next day.

In court Monday, Ford agreed to plead guilty, and also agreed there were aggravating circumstances which allows the judge to sentence him to more prison time than recommended by state sentencing guidelines. Ford is expected to be sentenced to more than 33 years in prison, instead of the recommended 25 1/2 years.

Ford is expected to be sentenced Oct. 27.

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