A bus driver and passenger opened fire on each other on a moving Charlotte transit bus leaving both injured, transit authorities said.

Who are Omarri Shariff Tobias and David Fullard?

The incident started when a passenger, identified as Omarri Shariff Tobias, asked the driver, David Fullard, to let him off between designated bus stops. Fullard informed Tobias he would have to wait until the next approved stop.

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After a two-minute exchange, Tobias pulled out a gun and pointed it at Fullard. In response, Fullard also pulled out a firearm. Both men fired their guns “in rapid succession,” although it is unclear who shot first.

Fullard was struck in the arm and Tobias in the abdomen. Video footage shows Fullard stopping the bus and firing again as Tobias crawled toward the back. Both individuals eventually exited the bus through separate doors, with Fullard firing his gun again.

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Both Fullard and Tobias are in stable condition and are expected to recover. Tobias faces charges including assault with a deadly weapon, while it remains uncertain if charges will be brought against Fullard.

Fullard was fired by his employer, RATP Dev, due to a violation of the company’s workplace policy prohibiting possession of firearms or weapons while on duty. The incident has raised questions about safety measures and security for bus drivers.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating the case, aiming to determine the sequence of events. Advocates have called for enhanced security measures to prioritize the safety of bus drivers, given the risks they face on the job.

As investigations continue, it is crucial for transit systems to review and reinforce protocols to ensure the well-being and security of both drivers and passengers.