GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A gunman who barricaded himself inside a Greyhound bus on I-85 has been taken into custody, according to Gwinnett County police.
The incident prompted a SWAT response and shut down the highway for hours in both directions.
Channel 2′s Tony Thomas was in Gwinnett County, where police said the man had been behaving erratically and at some point, he produced a handgun.
Some time around 10 am, the bus stopped on an onramp, but it’s unclear what exactly prompted the driver to stop.
Police said that the gunman did not issue any clear demands.
Gwinnett County police said all 30 passengers as well as the driver safely evacuated.
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Live GDOT cameras at the scene show a number of SWAT officers surrounding the bus. The air space over the area has been shut down. Police have not identified the suspect or said if he was a passenger on the bus or how he got on board with the weapon.
Greyhound issued a statement around noon, writing:
“We can confirm an incident has occurred on schedule 1076 this morning in Norcross, Georgia headed from Atlanta to New York City. We are working closely with local authorities to ensure the safety of our passengers and driver. We have no further comment at this time.”
A passenger told Channel 2 Action News that he woke up to find people scrambling to try to escape from the bus. He said he climbed out of the window and other passengers scrambled out of a hatch on the roof.
“People went to the top and then they jumped out of the bus,” he said.
The passenger said he thought the driver locked the bus from the outside so that the passengers couldn’t escape.
Another bus is en route to pick up passengers so they can continue to their destination.
I-85 had been shut down for hours by the standoff. Traffic cams showed cars moving again on southbound lanes, but police were still blocking northbound traffic before Indian Trail Road.
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