Man charged in connection to shooting of bus driver in Minneapolis

February 07, 2019 06:16 PM

A St. Paul man has been charged after authorities say he shot a bus driver during a minor collision, according to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

The release said 31-year-old Kenneth Lilly faces one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of second-degree assault. 

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According to a criminal complaint, Minneapolis police officers were called to a shooting Tuesday on Interstate 35W near Chicago Avenue. 

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The complaint said the bus driver was trying to merge onto the interstate in inclement weather when the bus scraped Lilly's vehicle.

Colonel Matt Langer with Minnesota State Patrol said, "There was some type of vehicle incident, and some time elapsed, and then this incident occurred."

According to the complaint, Lilly stopped his car in the lane of traffic and walked toward the bus. Lilly approached the passenger door of the bus and attempted to get on.

The driver told Lilly he could not get on because a child was onboard. 

The complaint said video showed Lilly walking toward the front of the bus when the bus appeared to slowly pull into traffic. 

RELATED: Police say school bus driver shot on I-35W after crash, 1 in custody

The complaint goes on to say Lilly then pulled out a pistol and fired five shots at the windshield of the bus. 

After firing the shots, Lilly called 911. 

The complaint said the school bus driver suffered a wound to his left arm and a graze wound on his head.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the incident was upsetting.

"Certainly this is very troubling to have someone that is providing safe transportation to our students being injured by gunfire," he said.

Lilly later told officers that he feared for his life, and said that is why he shot the bus driver, according to the complaint.

However. the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said the video showed Lilly had retreated to a safe spot before walking in front of the school bus and shooting at the driver.

"We do not believe there was a self-defense based on the evidence we have received so far," Chief Deputy Hennepin County Attorney David Brown said.

"The words to describe what went on here, you almost start running out of ways to describe this. It is just horrific."

The complaint said Lilly was in a security guard uniform when the shooting happened.

The 8-year-old girl on the school bus when the shooting happened was not physically injured.

Brown said victim support staff have been assigned to this case, helping both the school bus driver and the girl.

Lilly will make his first court appearance Friday. 

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