Man charged in shooting of school bus driver on I-35W

Blanche Robertson
February 9, 2019

Police say the man was arrested for second-degree assault but has not been formally charged.

His first court appearance is on Friday and he faces 20 years in prison if convicted.

The driver told Lilly he could not get on because a child was onboard, the complaint states.

This is the horrifying moment a man opened fire on a school bus driver during a road rage clash on a snowy American highway.

The complaint said the bus driver was trying to merge onto the interstate in inclement weather when the bus scraped Lilly's vehicle. (Minneapolis Police) The bus driver was shot in the head, whlie a student at the back was unhurt.

The 78-year-old bus driver, who wishes to remain anonymous, is still in satisfactory condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. The complaint said the school bus driver suffered a wound to his left arm and a graze wound on his head.

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After shooting, Lilly walked to the driver's side of the bus and called 911.

"The actions of Mr. Lilly were outrageous and it was sheer luck that neither the bus driver nor the little girl were killed", Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement Thursday. Video showed Lilly walk towards the driver's side of the bus and pull out a 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol. "Minneapolis police are continuing their investigation and if we can add aggravating circumstances for a longer sentence, should we prove him guilty, we will do so".

Court records show he is being represented by St. Paul attorneys Charles Clippert and Thomas Plunkett.

A suspect identified as Kenneth W. Lilly, 31, is seen firing shots in a video released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Lilly apparently told troopers that he feared for his safety as he approached the doorway of the bus.

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