Man charged in shooting of school bus driver on I-35W

Man charged in shooting of school bus driver on I-35W

After firing the shots, Lilly called 911.

The 31-year-old St. Paul man was charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder as well as a second count of second-degree assault with a unsafe weapon. "The words to describe what went on here, we nearly run out of ways to describe this". An 8-year-old girl on the bus was not injured. Lilly is set to appear in court on Friday, when prosecutors will request his bail to be set at $500,000.

Prosecutors say the bus driver was trying to navigate the Interstate 35W-Interstate 94 interchange in poor weather when the bus apparently scraped Lilly's vehicle.

Lilly has worked as an armed guard for Brooklyn Center based, Statewide Protective Agency since 2015.

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Near the split with Interstate 94, Lilly stopped his auto in the lane of traffic, got out and walked towards the bus. The bus driver told investigators that he was unaware they'd hit.

The traffic camera footage released by police shows the bus, a pick-up truck and a sedan pull over to the side of the slow-moving vehicles going bumper to bumper on I-35. The company's president, Troy Nadeau, said he doesn't know where the violent behavior came from, adding that Lilly "had a clean file", and was "a good guy who was always on time".

The bus driver was rushed to a local hospital, but is expected to survive. Two of the bullets struck the 78-year-old male bus driver in the head and left arm. He walked to the passenger door and reportedly tried to get onto the bus. However, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said the video showed Lilly had retreated to a safe spot before walking in front of the school bus and shooting at the driver.

That's when Lilly pulled out a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and started walking toward the front of the bus, according to the criminal complaint.

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