Charges Filed Against Man Accused of Shooting School Bus Driver
Feb 10 2019
A child was at the back of the bus during the shooting, but was not injured. The complaint said the school busdriver suffered a wound to his left arm and a graze wound on his head.
Minneapolis Public Schools said in a statement that one student was on the small bus Tuesday afternoon and was not hurt.
The school bus driver, who was not identified, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said.
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 risky weapon.
Lilly, in his security guard uniform, called 911 and waited until a Minnesota state trooper arrived, pacing back-and-forth in front of the bus.
In a blurry video of the incident released by the Minnesota DOT, a man who is allegedly Lilly gets out of the vehicle and walks back toward the bus, which is halted in traffic on the highway. Shortly afterwards, he begins shooting into the windshield with what authorities say was a 9mm semiautomatic handgun.
Five discharged cartridges were recovered from the scene, according to court papers. No attorney was listed for him in court records. Lilly then continues to the passenger-side of the vehicle and fires several more times.
However, the video footage showed the defendant had retreated to a safe spot before walking in front of the bus and shooting, according to the complaint. "If we can add aggravating circumstances for a longer sentence, should we prove him guilty, we will do so".
Lilly's family could not be immediately reached for comment.
He made his first court appearance in that matter Friday, and was released on bond on the conditions he has no contact with the school bus driver, does not possess firearms and turns over his permit-to-carry.