Police: NJ Transit bus driver shot at teens accused of assaulting him
Police say a New Jersey Transit bus driver is facing multiple charges for shooting at a group of teenagers accused of assaulting him.
One of those teens was struck.
The incident took place Saturday night near Monticello and Jewett avenues in Jersey City.
“It was a shooting. When I looked out of the window, some kid was running that way and the bus was stopped there,” says witness Raphael Rodriguez. “The police came very, very quickly. Before 10 minutes, there was like five cops around and then an ambulance came and many people were around.”
The driver was identified as 48-year-old Charles Fieros, of Staten Island. Police say the three teenagers assaulted Fieros while he was outside of his bus.
Officials say Fieros retrieved an illegal handgun and began shooting at the three teens.
Rodriguez says it was a shocking sight.
“Usually that doesn’t happen around here,” he says.
One of the teens was hit. The 15-year-old was taken to the hospital by a taxi. He is in critical but stable condition.
Fieros was also taken to the hospital as he suffered some head and face injuries from the initial assault. He was treated and then released into police custody.
Police say the handgun Fieros used came up as stolen. He was charged with criminal attempt, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a handgun.
Police say the teens may also face some charges.
NJ Transit officials say that Fieros was immediately taken out of service without pay pending the investigation.