PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s like something out of the movies. But, in this case the guns are real and the victims are SEPTA passengers in the wrong place at the wrong time, although remarkably no one was hit.
In court, authorities show the video of two men opening fire on a SEPTA route 47 bus at 7th and Cecil B. Moore in North Philadelphia in June. Four people are held for trial.
The prosecution alleges defendant Penny Chapman triggered the shooting. A man on the bus threatened to call DHS on her for spanking her child. After their argument, she allegedly made a phone call and the armed men were waiting for the bus. They helped get her off the bus, then Chapman allegedly pointed out the man she wanted shot. She said ‘shoot him’ and they opened fire. And it was all caught on tape by seven SEPTA cameras.
Watch The Terrifying Video Of The Shooting:
Prosecutor Morgan Model Vedejs says, “At least five of the bullets go at the back door of the bus. There are six or seven people actually sitting at the back of the bus. There is a woman standing in the middle of the bus as you see shots coming through. She has absolutely no idea what is going on. She ends up having to dive under the seat to avoid the bullets hitting her.”
Terrified passengers scrambled for cover.
“It’s essentially innocent people taking a SEPTA bus and two people deciding to open fire with all of those individuals as possible victims of murder, victims of assault. I mean, they just had every single one of them as a possible victim,” Model Vedejs explained.
The bus driver sped away from the gunfire.
Chapman’s attorney disputes she made a call to set up the ambush. He says there is a lot of speculation.
Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060