In the early morning hours of Feb. 3, 2020, a man with a gun opened fire inside a Greyhound bus as it traveled north on Interstate 5 through Kern County, California. One woman was killed and five other people were wounded in the Greyhound bus shooting. Baum Hedlund represents four passengers from this tragedy.
The bus left Los Angeles at 11:30 p.m. on the night of Feb. 2 and was scheduled to make stops in Avenal and Oakland before arriving at its final destination of San Francisco. Forty-two passengers were aboard the bus at the time of the fatal shooting, which occurred at around 1:27 a.m.
Lawsuit update: Baum Hedlund filed a lawsuit against Greyhound on behalf of four passengers traumatized in this tragedy on July 16, 2020.
“I have litigated two other cases similar to this against Greyhound in the past, and their stance on pre-board screening and other passenger safety mechanisms has not changed much, if at all.” said attorney Clay Robbins III, a Baum Hedlund lawyer with decades of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases against commercial transportation companies.
“Greyhound could and should employ an onboard security guard on all routes, install stationary facility metal detectors and/or handheld metal detectors to screen incoming passengers for weapons, and implement security enhancements such as surveillance equipment or a wireless transmitter coupled with a standard industry GPS device to facilitate instant communication with police officers if violence occurs in transit. Instead, they continue to prioritize profit over the safety of its passengers, and as a result, preventable incidents like this one continue to happen.”
“Whether one is boarding an airliner or a Greyhound bus, every passenger in today’s day and age deserves proper, effective, security both during the screening and boarding process and during the trip”, Robbins said.
BaumHedlundLaw attorney Clay Robbins tells 23ABC: Greyhound has the obligation and the ability to implement procedures to protect their passengers from these acts of violence in transit. https://t.co/aBZ4UW6ZNX @23ABCNews pic.twitter.com/wUIApzCkoU— Baum Hedlund Law (@baumhedlund) July 17, 2020
Watch the video: Attorney Clay Robbins III discusses his experience litigating bus assault cases against Greyhound with Joel Grover, head of KNBC’s I-Team.
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Victims of Greyhound Bus Attack Near Lebec Describe the Incident
Mark Grabban and his girlfriend were among the passengers on the Greyhound bus fortunate to survive the shooting. In an interview with NBC News, Grabban said he noticed the man who would later open fire on the bus as he was walking to his seat.
“He was, massive, so tall, I remember before this happened, I noticed he had really big shoes on,” Grabban said. He also remembered the man talking loudly and incoherently. At one point, the man got into an altercation with another passenger who had asked him to quiet down.
“He was muttering things, about ‘wait till we get to the station,'” said Grabban. Later, the attacker shouted a series of expletives, then opened fire.
“I heard a gun cock, and eight to nine rounds let off,” said Grabban, who dove under a seat. He recalled seeing a mother and two small children. “I was shaking, telling them to stay down,” he said.
According to media reporting, passengers were able to remove the shooter from the bus. He left behind the black handgun used in the attack along with extra magazines. The Greyhound driver proceeded to a nearby gas station where emergency responders rushed onto the bus and started administering first aid.
Lurbis Elena Vence, a 51-year-old woman from Molino Colombia, was pronounced dead at the scene. Of the five other passengers who were wounded, a 19-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man were hospitalized in critical condition. A 39-year-old woman suffered major injuries, a 49-year-old man sustained moderate injuries, and a 50-year-old woman had minor injuries, according to local law enforcement officials.
Greyhound Bus Shooting Investigation
In the aftermath of the Greyhound bus shooting in Kern County, local law enforcement officials were able to arrest the gunman without incident. He was identified as 33-year-old Anthony D. Williams of Capitol Heights, Maryland. It is unclear why Williams decided to open fire on the Greyhound bus. Authorities have said there does not appear to be a connection between Williams and any of the passengers.
Sgt. Brian Pennings of the California Highway Patrol said in a press conference that he has never seen an incident like this in his 25-year career. But according to Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman attorney Clay Robbins III, while these types of attacks on Greyhound buses are rare, they are not unheard of.
“I have represented victims harmed in multiple incidents similar to this one outside Lebec,” says Robbins III. “I can tell you from experience that Greyhound simply does not have the necessary security measures in place to prevent these types of attacks from happening.”
“Why are passengers not screened by metal detection devices prior to boarding a bus, as is commonplace for spectators at concerts or sporting events? Why does Greyhound not insist on having more than one person—the driver—on its buses at all times? If the company was serious about preventing these types of tragedies from occurring, Greyhound would do well to improve its safety protocols.”
Accident Attorney with Experience Litigating Against Greyhound
Clay Robbins III has represented Greyhound passengers harmed in two incidents that share similarities with the Greyhound shooting outside Lebec.
In one of the incidents, a mentally disturbed man was permitted to board a Greyhound bus after being kicked off another Greyhound bus only a day before. The man ended up assaulting the bus driver while the bus was in motion, causing a rollover crash that left several people with injuries.
In another incident, a man wielding a knife stabbed a Greyhound bus driver, causing a horrible accident. Two passengers were killed. The bus driver and three other people sustained critical injuries. Mr. Robbins represented the family of one of the deceased victims and two of those who sustained injuries.
Both of these cases resolved with large settlements between the victims and Greyhound. Mr. Robbins’ clients and their families received significant compensation.*
If you or a member of your family have been the victim of a Greyhound bus attack, you need to speak with an experienced attorney to protect your legal rights and pursue compensation on your behalf. Clay Robbins III and the law firm of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman have the experience and resources necessary to litigate claims against Greyhound. With a proven track record of success against Greyhound, we are committed to pursuing justice and maximum compensation on your behalf.
*Past performance is not a guarantee of future outcomes.