A 51-year-old died from a gunshot wound at Harborview Medical Center, after he was involved in a disturbance with an older man on a public bus on Saturday.
A 51-year-old man who was shot on board a Metro bus in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood Saturday has died from his injuries.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man Tuesday as Ronnie Tyler and determined he died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Tyler was shot a little after 11 a.m. Saturday near Fourth Avenue South and South Walker Street and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. He died sometime later Saturday, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.
The victim was involved in a “disturbance” with an 88-year-old man, and witnesses later told officers the younger man violently pushed the older man as he attempted to board the bus, according to Seattle police. The older man pulled out a handgun and fired, a spokesman said at the time.
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After the shooting, the shooter tried to get off the bus but fell and struck his head in the stairwell, police said. He was also taken to Harborview in serious condition.
Later Saturday, the shooter had been moved out of the intensive-care unit and his condition was upgraded to satisfactory, Gregg said.
On Tuesday, the shooter was still hospitalized and had not yet been interviewed by detectives, said Det. Patrick Michaud, a police spokesman.
The bus driver, while heading north on a RapidRide C trip from West Seattle, was off-course by traveling on Fourth Avenue South, said Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer. While Highway 99 is closed, the detour route for the C Line goes through the transit-only Sodo Busway one block east, with no stops between West Seattle and Pioneer Square.
The incident remains under investigation, but Metro believes the driver was “serving customers” by stopping at Fourth and Walker, Switzer said. The transit driver was placed on paid administrative leave to aid her recovery from the traumatic incident, he said.
Traffic Lab reporter Mike Lindblom contributed to this article.