Murders surging (again); Lambert downplays danger
Various media outlets are reporting that a man was shot to death on a METRO bus earlier today.
Here are some key excerpts from Kevin Moran's reporting on Chron.com:
A man was shot to death today on a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus in west Houston after he apparently got into an argument with a man he may have touched or bumped while trying to get off the bus.
The alleged gunman was in custody and a passenger was taken to a hospital complaining of chest pains after the incident, which occurred about 11:30 a.m. on the 82 Westheimer route on Westheimer between Wilcrest and Kirkwood, said Metro spokeswoman Rosio Torres.
Authorities estimate some 30 people were on the bus. "This is a rare occurrence,'' said Metro Police Chief Tom Lambert. He noted that Metro carries 330,000 passengers daily on 1,300 buses.
Homicide detectives arrived at the scene shortly after 1:30 p.m. Some witnesses were taken in a separate bus to give statements to police.
Observation #1: METRO spokesperson Raequel Roberts should never, ever let Chief Lambert speak to the press without supervision. The implication that METRO carries a lot of passengers daily without many deaths probably isn't very reassuring to the family of the man who was killed, to riders on the bus, or to anyone really.
Observation #2: Homicide detectives arrived two hours after the shooting? That isn't very reassuring either.
On the topic of murder and mayhem, KTRH-740 just noted that this murder was Houston's eleventh since Friday. The Mayor's PR operation is really going to be earning its keep if it figures out a way to spin this one. Or maybe they've figured out there is no good way to spin it, and that's why we keep hearing comments instead from Councilmember Adrian Garcia.