Maniac hijacks Georgia commuter bus with 17 on board, fatally shoots hostage during wild police chase

A passenger was shot and killed after a gunman hijacked a commuter bus in downtown Atlanta with 17 individuals on board and held a gun to the bus driver’s head, in keeping with police.

Atlanta police acquired three separate 911 calls starting 4:30 p.m. {that a} man was holding hostages on a Gwinnett County Transit bus close to 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and that pictures had been fired — however the name instantly lower out.

Responding officers noticed 39-year-old Joseph Grier holding a gun to the bus driver’s head because the suspect pressured him to begin driving, sparking a wild police chase.

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Joseph Grier, 39, held a gun to the bus driver’s head within the tense police chase on Tuesday night. AP

The bus crashed into a number of vehicles because it wove out and in of site visitors, together with a Gwinnett County patrol cruiser, whereas Georgia State Patrol cruisers pursued.

Aerial footage confirmed the bus barreling down the freeway as different panicked drivers tried to get out of the best way.

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Grier fatally shot a hostage on the bus, in keeping with police. AP

At one level, all lanes of the interstate have been shut down as officers employed a number of completely different ways to attempt to cease the bus.

In a determined try and cease the bus, police appeared to attempt a “PIT” maneuver that was unsuccessful, 11alive reported

The bus was lastly disabled with the usage of spike strips, cops stated.

It got here to a cease roughly 20 miles away in Tucker off Hugh Howell Road between Deer Ridge Drive and Rosser Road.

Passengers might be seen exiting the bus with their palms within the air. First responders instantly started performing CPR on a sufferer whom Greer had shot during the mayhem.  

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The bus took off from downtown Atlanta round 4:30 p.m. WSBTV

The sufferer, who has not been recognized, was rushed to a neighborhood hospital, the place they died, police stated. 

Greer was taken into custody and costs are pending.

Dennis Durham told WSBTV he was popping out of Gusto on Hugh Howell in Tucker when a automotive in entrance of him immediately went in reverse to attempt to keep away from the bus and slammed into the entrance of his automobile.

“Here comes the bus right in front of us and just knocked through a lot of these cars and made them hit each other,” Durham stated. “I saw so many police cars in so many different areas my head was swimming.”

One man instructed the outlet that his spouse was one of many passengers on the bus. Greer gave the impression to be mentally sick, she stated.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens stated Greer has 19 prior arrests, together with for possession of a handgun.

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