Bus driver injured from gunfire in Jerusalem, police chase shooter

Israel Police forces are at the scene of the shooting as a chase between police and the culprit, who escaped the area, is on.

 Police officers at the scene of a shooting attack in Jerusalem, February 9, 2022 (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)
Police officers at the scene of a shooting attack in Jerusalem, February 9, 2022
(photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

A 40-year-old bus driver was lightly injured after air rifle shots targeting the number 59 bus were heard in Jerusalem on Wednesday night.

There was initial confusion on the nature of the incident, as initial reports suggested stones were thrown towards the bus. However, it was later confirmed to be a shooting incident

Israel Police forces, including Jerusalem District commander Doron Turgeman, are at the scene of the shooting as a chase between police and the culprit, who escaped the area, is on. A helicopter from the police's aerial unit is aiding officers on the ground with the chase.

United Hatzalah paramedics treated the bus driver and rushed him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Israel's capital for further treatment. 

In addition, a woman who was inside the bus at the time of the shooting and is showing symptoms of PTSD is being treated by paramedics. Damage was caused to the bus following the attack. 

Police officers at the scene of a shooting attack in Jerusalem, February 9, 2022 (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)Police officers at the scene of a shooting attack in Jerusalem, February 9, 2022 (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

Turgeman held a situational assessment with police unit commanders at the scene and ordered his police forces to continue the search.

The attack was criminally motivated, according to an initial investigation by Israel Police.

This is a developing story.