Thursday, October 8, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
A Maryland Transit Administration bus driver was shot and killed Thursday morning, Baltimore police said.
Around 10:32 a.m., a Southeast District patrol officer was in the area of the 1200 block of East Fayette Street when he heard gunshots. He saw a suspect and gave chase, but the person got away.
The officer returned to find the driver, 51-year-old Marcus Parks, suffering from gunshot wounds. Medics later pronounced him dead at the scene.
Spokesman Donny Moses said the shooter approached to board the bus. Parks then said nobody was allowed aboard the bus. An argument and struggle ensued. The shooter then pulled out his gun and fired, Moses said.
Update from @BaltimorePolice on the @mtamaryland bus driver shot and killed after an argument this morning @wbalradio pic.twitter.com/srfic4aD55
— Phil Yacuboski (@WBALPhil) October 8, 2020
In a statement, state Transportation Secretary Greg Slater said he was shaken by the killing.
“My sympathy goes out to the Parks family,” Slater said. “Mr. Parks and all of our bus operators are critical to providing essential travel throughout this pandemic and every day. They deserve to be able to serve the community safely.”
We are horrified by the senseless killing of an @MTAMaryland bus operator this morning—one of our frontline essential workers who was just doing his job.
We pray for his family and those who loved him, and offer our full support to @BaltimorePolice for the investigation. https://t.co/dbzPKkHxjo
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) October 8, 2020
MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn called Parks, a 20-year employee, “a true frontline hero.”
City Council President Brandon Scott echoed those sentiments and pledged action.
“Today’s killing is not just another murder in Baltimore. It is another family traumatized. Another soul lost to the disease of gun violence. What happened today is part of a repetitive cycle of pain and trauma that plagues our city, and to end it we must reimagine our approach to public safety,” Scott said in a statement. “We must and we will develop a strategy to deal with violent offenders and the flow of illegal guns into our city. We must also normalize trauma-responsive care and create a culture where folks don’t turn to violence to settle a conflict. Enough is enough. This never should have happened. We must ensure our public transportation system is safe for the many young people, essential workers and families who rely on it each day.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.