Dozens of people on board a Megabus came face-to-face with a man with a gun. Megabus officials say riders were forced to disarm the man, who police say fired one shot in the bus bathroom. The bus was traveling from Chicago to Minneapolis.
Police said about 50 people were on the bus when a gun was fired in the bus bathroom at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. No one was injured.The man who accidentally discharged his weapon while using the bathroom inside a Megabus traveling on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway in Des Plaines, Illinois was ultimately subdued by a passenger and held until police arrived.
About 11 p.m., the man got into an argument with the driver after he discharged his weapon and asked to get off the bus, Illinois State Police said. The driver declined and the man went back to get his belongings from the back of the bus. After securing his belongings he walked back toward the driver and stumbled, causing his pistol to fall out of his waistband, police said. A passenger saw the gun come out and quickly subdued the man and held him until troopers arrived at a parking lot off I-90.
Police said Wednesday morning they were having a difficult time identifying the man as he was not cooperating with investigators and he had "no ID, no nothing on him."
A Megabus.com driver noticed an unruly passenger traveling from Chicago, IL to Minneapolis, MN and called the police for assistance. The driver pulled over and the police quickly arrived and arrested the passenger. None of the passengers or driver were injured. Out of abundance of caution the bus was changed and continued on their journey without additional incident.
Megabus spokesman Sean Hughes says passengers were transferred to another bus "out of abundance of caution" and continued the trip.