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Man wanted for shooting at CATS bus arrested, police say

A man who was wanted for shooting into a CATS bus early Wednesday was arrested, police said. No one was hurt during the incident.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man who was wanted for shooting into a Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) bus early Wednesday morning was arrested, police said. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the incident happened at a bus stop on Nations Ford Road new Huntsmoor Drive. Police said the suspect, identified as Jason Wright, fired three or four rounds into the bus before running off. The driver was not hurt during the shooting. There were no passengers on the bus at the time. 

CMPD said Wright was found in southwest Charlotte Wednesday night and taken into custody without further incident. He is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County jail. 

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Man accused of shooting into CATS bus on May 18, 2022

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WCNC Charlotte reached out to CATS for further comment. A spokesperson for the system provided this statement:

We are aware of the incident that took place last night on bus number 2150. CATS can confirm that the operator was not injured and there were no passengers on the bus. CATS takes all safety and security incidents very seriously and we work alongside our law enforcement partners to hold all parties involved accountable. As this incident is still under investigation, please reach out to CMPD for more information.

Wednesday's shooting is the latest act of violence faced by a CATS bus driver.

In April, a 60-year-old driver was hospitalized after police said someone assaulted her. That assault happened about two months after bus driver Ethan Rivera was killed in what police have deemed a road rage shooting in the uptown area. Darian Dru Thavychitch, the suspect accused of killing Rivera, recently had his case continued until a later date.

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