City bus shooting caught camera

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Surveillance video from last week's shooting on a Kansas City ATA bus shows the chaos that lead up to the gunfire.

What started out as a verbal argument quickly turned into fight with a half dozen people pushing and punching and another half dozen screaming. Moments later the gunman fires from outside the bus, injuring three riders inside.

KCATA spokesperson Cindy Baker says 90 percent of their buses have either six or eight cameras, which help keep both the riders and drivers safe.

The cameras are proven assets that have helped police make arrests in multiple crimes on city buses, but some feel the cameras can only do so much.

Bishop Tony Caldwell and Lee Ivy are Peace Keepers and have been working to limit bus violence by taking a more proactive approach.

"Cameras can't pick up everything," Caldwell said.

While cameras can help after the fact, Ivy wants to stop the problem before it starts.

"(Cameras) can tell us who did it, who done it, what they saw, but actually being on that bus, I can see exactly what's going on, what caused this," Ivy said. "Maybe if I was there I could have stopped this."

Over the weekend, a total of 24 peace keepers have each been spending eight hours a day riding the bus.

In two days they say they broke up one fight, 14 arguments between passengers, and three between a passenger and bus driver.

Spending so much time on the bus, they say isn't always easy, but to them it's worth it.

"It's better to get on the front end of something than the tail end of something," Caldwell said. I'd rather sit there and talk to somebody for four hours then do a four hour funeral and talk to some for four hours than do a funeral for four hours.".

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