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Alleged Shooter, Fatally Wounded Bus Driver Identified

LA County Sheriff has booked Anthony Craig Chambers on suspicion of murder in the fatal shooting of MTA bus driver Alan Thomas on Sunday in West Hollywood. Chambers is being held on $1 million bail.

The man suspected of fatally shooting an MTA bus driver in West Hollywood on Sunday is in custody today.

Anthony Craig Chambers, 41, of Los Angeles was arrested at the scene of the crime on Sunday morning. Today, he was booked on suspicion of murder. He is being held at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Twin Tower facility on $1 million bail.

Chambers is accused of fatally shooting Alan Thomas, the 51-year-old bus driver who has worked for MTA for five years.

Chambers was detained after he was seen climbing out of the window of the Metro bus on Santa Monica Boulevard at West Knoll Drive (near the Koo Koo Roo) following the fatal shooting at 9:09 a.m. Sunday.

Reports say Chambers tried to flee but surrendered to Sheriff’s Deputies quickly. Two guns were found on the bus

Thomas died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Metro spokesman Rick Jager said Thomas had been driving a Route 105 bus east on Santa Monica Boulevard when he was shot by a passenger. Route 105 runs from West Hollywood south on La Cienega Boulevard, and then east on Vernon Avenue.

Thomas had just begun his route, coming from the MTA bus yard at Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard, a half mile away from the intersection where the shooting occurred.

Reports say that no one else was on the bus.

City News Service contributed to this article.

MICHAEL YANAK May 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM
maybe now the MTA will
Kenneth Dotson May 23, 2012 at 08:46 AM
Yes, indeed this is a very disheartened time, when a bus driver is short point blink in the chest, by a passenger, who at this point we don’t know way this happen. Yet, loss is always hard, to lose someone whom you loved all your life. Understanding death has no use for time, because no time is any better, or any worse. Cancel twenty years or eighty-nine, love’s a loss one cannot reimburse. Families are in total disarray of what has happen, left to pick up the pieces and try to move forward with their lives. So, I asked how many more lives, will it take for the MTA Company to prevent this from happen again. You may asked why MTA; your company, your drivers, your buses, that’s three very good reasons, MTA stated that there has only been one other death in the history of the company and that was a rubbery back in the 60’s and now this tragedy, that’s two death too many . Also I asked why no security on the buses, someone whom is train in this area to handle matter of this nature, MTA trained your drivers to drive the bus, safety and customer service. How many more family members, Mother’s, father’s, brothers, sisters and wife’s and husbands have to suffer, when a love one does not returned home from a day work? RIP Allen, may this tragedy not end in vain. Ken
Mike Dunn May 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Although every bus does not have a Sheriff on board plan cloths deputies do ride the buses and trains. Plus many incidents are perpetrated by the same individuals over and over again. All buses and trains have several cameras operating at all times so identifying the suspects and their exact actions are recorded and most are arrested within days.
operator 3210 May 26, 2012 at 09:56 PM
This has really hit home for me...I have heard about other places of work violence far as the post office,Edison,even federal agents had to kill one of there own in recent news but when its one of your own Co Worker who was doing there job being nice and not provoking a situation and be murder in such a senseless coward way is beyond me..Chamber have for ever change many lives..My prayer are with the Thomas family and justice will prevail.. I hope the Company i have work for past 6 will take our safety seriously..This is two of the history of transit and thats to many...I didn't, no Mr. Thomas personally but he was an operator just like me who try to do the best every day. We are train intently but what training is there when you are murder for doing your job....
operator 3210 May 26, 2012 at 09:59 PM
This has really hit home for me...I have heard about other places of work violence far as the post office,Edison,even federal agents had to kill one of there own in recent news but when its one of your own Co Worker who was doing there job being nice and not provoking a situation and be murder in such a senseless coward way is beyond me..Chamber have for ever change many lives..My prayer are with the Thomas family and justice will prevail.. I hope the Company i have work for past 6 will take our safety seriously..This is two of the history of transit and thats to many...I didn't, no Mr. Thomas personally but he was an operator just like me who try to do the best every day. We are train intently but what training is there when you are murder for doing your job....

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