Maryland Bus Driver Shot to Death after Turning Passenger Away, Police Say

Police are hunting for a shooter who gunned down and killed a bus driver after snatching his bag following an argument in Maryland.

The horror unfolded at around 10.30 a.m. on Thursday morning when Marcus Parks pulled over to let passengers get off his bus in the 1200 block of East Fayette Street at the edge of the Jonestown neighborhood in Baltimore.

A man tried to board the bus but Parks said he could not get on and an argument broke out.

The killer grabbed Parks' bag and ran off before shooting the bus driver dead when he tried to catch him.

Donny Moses, of Baltimore City police, told reporters that an officer had been nearby and hearing the gunshots, had seen the killer but despite the officer's best efforts, he was not able to catch him and the murderer got away.

Moses said: "At around 10.30 we had an officer here at the 1200 block of East Fayette, he heard gunshots.

"His attention was drawn to the corner, he saw a bus and he saw a bus driver out on the ground who had just been shot. Additionally he observed a suspect. He did attempt to chase the suspect however the officer was not able to apprehend the suspect.

"He returned and we found a 51-year-old bus driver who had been shot.

"Unfortunately he was pronounced dead on the scene. And from what we know, the bus driver had just pulled the bus over and let the passengers off. The suspect attempted to board the bus at which point the bus driver told him he couldn't, an argument ensued.

"The suspect then snatched the bus driver's bag and ran. The bus driver chased him, the suspect turned and shot him."

Eyewitness Teddy Knight told the Baltimore Sun that he was sitting on a bench nearby when he heard gunfire and saw a man fall over a playground fence at the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

He said: "He tumbled and that was it. He didn't move.

"He was laying there and the guy came back and shot him again."

Knight told the newspaper that the killer stood over the man and shot him several more times before running off carrying a big black bag.

Police tape
File photograph of police tape. Police are hunting for a man who gunned down and killed 51-year-old bus driver Marcus Parks in Baltimore, Maryland. Getty

A bystander is understood to have rushed over and begun chest compressions on the bus driver who had been working for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) for 20 years.

Mayor of Baltimore City, Bernard C.Jack Young, tweeted his shock at Parks' death and paid tribute to his "friend".

Taking to Twitter, he said: "Attacking an essential worker during a global pandemic is the epitome of depravity.

Attacking an essential worker during a global pandemic is the epitome of depravity. We must have an end to these senseless acts of violence and as a city, we must find other ways to cope instead of resorting to violence.

— Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young (@mayorbcyoung) October 9, 2020

"We must have an end to these senseless acts of violence and as a city, we must find other ways to cope instead of resorting to violence.

"Mr Parks was a personal friend and will be remembered as a dedicated public servant and a true hero to the residents of Baltimore city.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing."

Newsweek has contacted Baltimore City police and is awaiting any updates.