Honolulu bus driver injured in shooting speaks out

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A Honolulu city bus driver is back on the job a day after he was injured from a shooting.

Bus driver Ernest Lake calls Wednesday night’s incident crazy.

He’s been driving for Oahu Transit Services for 14 years and has never experienced anything like this.

“I knew when the glass cracked and got the glass lodged in my arm and it came from that side, somewhere over there,” Lake said.

He describes the moment he knew something terrible had happened. He was on Route 2 near the Liliha Public Library when all of a sudden his window was struck.

“What did you feel?” KHON2 asked.

“Just the glass cracking all over my arm. Inside, but we’re okay,” Lake said.

“What did you think?” KHON2 asked.

“Crazy. It happens, but we hope doesn’t happen too often,” Lake said.

The bus he was driving was one of four in the Liliha area that was hit Wednesday night.

At 6:14 p.m. the driver’s window of Route 13 was hit.

Two minutes later, Lake pulls up and was injured after his window was shattered.

Then three hours later, the bus on Route 53 is struck damaging a window where passengers sit.

A short time later, damage was found to a bus on Route 54.

“It is a little bit unusual that we have so many hit at the same time on the same evening,” said Ralph Faufata with Oahu Transit Services. “Of course, we’re outraged that someone would put the public and of course our employees in danger.”

Bus officials say the shooter used a pellet gun, and they also say the shootings were likely random.

Still, drivers and passengers are not taking their safety for granted.

“We keeping the windows closed, we don’t drive with the window open anyhow,” Lake said.

“I am afraid. I’m hoping the city will protect the bus riders,” city bus passenger Reiko Osato said.

As for Lake, he’s not letting this incident scare him away. He even has a message for the suspect who is still on the loose.

“Think of others. I’m not the only one driving. I’m concentrating on others on the bus,” Lake said.

No other drivers or passengers were hurt. Damage to the buses, estimated at $1,600, have already been repaired.

If you have any information about the shootings, call police.

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