Surveillance video released on Friday captures a shootout between a passenger and a former bus driver in Charlotte. The incident occurred earlier this month when the passenger brandished a gun during an argument near the Charlotte Premium Outlet Mall in Steele Creek on May 18.
Both the police and the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) confirmed that the passenger and the bus driver exchanged gunfire. However, the video, which was aired by WSOC, does not clearly indicate who initiated the shooting. It does show the passenger taunting the driver after being denied permission to disembark at a location other than a designated bus stop.
According to the audio accompanying the video footage, the driver, identified as David Fullard by CATS, instructed the passenger, Omarri Sharrif Tobias, to move away from the bus’s door and front area.
Omarri Sharrif Tobias, aged 22, now faces multiple assault charges. Public records reveal that he was held in custody with a $250,000 bond following a six-day hospital stay. A judge ruled that Tobias is no longer permitted to use Charlotte’s public transit system. Additionally, jail records indicate that this incident marked Tobias’s fifth arrest in the past three years.
CATS announced on Wednesday that David Fullard had been terminated from his position as a bus driver. The city’s transit system also plans to implement new safety measures in response to the shooting.