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Greyhound bus shooting: one dead and at least five injured in California | US news

One person was confirmed dead and at least five others were injured early on Monday in a shooting on a Greyhound bus in California, the state highway patrol said.

The patrol also confirmed that an unidentified man has been taken into custody. A Fort Tejon CHP spokesman said the suspect was a passenger on the bus. About 40 passengers were aboard at the time of the shooting.

The bus was heading north on Interstate 5 toward the San Francisco area from Los Angeles, the spokesman said. Further details were not immediately released.

The Kern county sheriff and fire departments responded to the scene near Lebec, north of Los Angeles and south of Bakersfield, according to local news outlets. Photos from the scene showed the bus parked at a Valero gas station at the base of the Grapevine section of the freeway.

The bus driver pulled over after the gunman opened fire and “was able to persuade” him to get off the bus, CHP Sgt Brian Pennings said during a news conference. The body of the person killed remained on the bus as investigators secured the scene.

Pennings added the gunman left a black handgun on the bus after “voluntarily” getting off. He was found on the roadside and was taken into custody without incident shortly after.

The bus driver “handled the situation professionally and appropriately to minimize any more possible victims,” Pennings said.

The injured were taken to local hospitals but authorities did not detail their conditions. Investigators were yet to determine a motive. The driver is not among the five injured.

An email and call to CHP were not immediately returned. Greyhound did not immediately release a statement on the shooting.

“The situation is stable and there is no threat,” California highway patrol spokesman Steve Loftus said.

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