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Indiana police say a man is holding a three-year-old child hostage hours after he killed a woman he had pulled off of a city bus.
Police say the suspect is holed up with the child in a house in Fort Wayne.
He is suspected of having boarded a city bus at 8 am on Wednesday, pulling a female passenger off and then fatally shooting her about 25 feet away.
The suspect's relationship to the woman and to the child is unclear.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A man pulled a woman off a city bus in northern Indiana on Wednesday and fatally shot her in front of multiple witnesses before fleeing into a neighborhood where he holed up in a house with a 3-year-old during a police standoff.
The man and woman had both been riding a Citilink bus, but Fort Wayne police spokeswoman Raquel Foster said it wasn't clear whether they were companions. Nonetheless, police do not believe the shooting was random and "have a good idea who (they're) looking for," she told The Journal Gazette. Foster later told WANE-TV that the man was barricaded in a home and holding a 3-year-old hostage.
It was not clear if the child was related to the man. The man pulled the woman, described as a young adult, off the bus about 8 a.m. and fatally shot her about 25 feet away before fleeing on foot into the surrounding neighborhood, police said. A backpack lay at the feet of the victim, whose body was covered by a sheet. The street was busy with morning traffic, including children waiting at school bus stops, when the shooting happened, and police said there were a number of witnesses.
Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman Krista Stockman told WANE-TV that two elementary schools were nearby, and some children saw the shooting on their way to school. She said the schools were taking extra precautions. Citilink General Manager Kenneth Housden said police will be reviewing video and audio equipment from the bus for their investigation. Housden said the incident, though tragic, was an isolated one and people should continue to feel safe on Citilink buses. "We do take safety and security very seriously and respond very quickly to any incident," he said.
Why do people always have to bring kids into it, i understand that some people have problems with other adults, but leave the damn kids out of it.
I also hope the gun crazed fanatics of this country will one day get tired of seeing such news and give up their 2nd amendment. How many children need to be shot before people realize that guns do not belong in the hands of citizens.
There is a distinction to be made between military personnel and citizens.
The drones operated by the United States Army for national security usage are not to be compared with hand guns used by citizens to murder a woman in a bus and take a 3 year old kid hostage.
The citizen armed with a knife is way easier to stop than a citizen armed with a gun.
I hope you also have a good day.