Public help needed to find bus shooters

This Maui Bus window was shot by what is believed to be a BB or pellet gun while on the Wailuku Loop last month. There were four shooting incidents involving the Maui Bus in December, and the county is seeking the public’s help in finding the shooters. County of Maui photo

The Maui News

Windows of Maui buses traveling the Wailuku Loop were shot and cracked by what are believed to be BB or pellet guns in four incidents in December, the County of Maui said Tuesday.

The county is asking the public’s help in identifying the shooter or shooters.

In three of the incidents, bus personnel did not discover the cracked windows until after the buses returned to the Roberts Tours and Transportation headquarters to be washed and serviced at the end of the night, the county said.

The latest incident took place at about 5:50 p.m. Dec. 30, as a bus was making a right turn from Kamole Street onto Kehalani Makai Parkway, the county said. During that incident, a bus passenger heard the impact of the shot, saw the cracked window and informed the bus driver as soon as it happened.

All of the shots were fired on the driver’s side of all four buses, and a police report was filed in each case.

“We are very fortunate that our passengers were not injured by the shots fired, not to mention the cost to the taxpayers to replace these windows,” said Maui County Transportation Director Don Mederios. “I don’t know if someone thinks this is a game or if they are actually trying to do someone bodily harm, but this needs to stop immediately.”

If anyone has any information, call the Maui police non-emergency line at 244-6400.