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Off-duty bus driver shot near Anacostia Metro

Operating a bus in parts of the District can be hazardous, and the latest example came Friday night when a driver who had just finished work was struck by a bullet.

The off-duty driver was hit near the Anacostia Metro station, a terminus for several bus routes. As the driver was walking on Howard Road SE about 9 p.m., a shot was fired during a dispute among youths, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

The bus operator, who was not believed to be the target, was hit in the leg. The wound was not considered life-threatening, Stessel said.

He said authorities believed that the shot came from Shannon Place, which intersects Howard Road near the station. No information was available about any possible arrests.

Rocks have been thrown at buses in parts of the region for years, but Metro has said the problem is particularly acute in parts of Southeast Washington.

Attention has recently been focused on incidents in the neighborhood around Robinson Place, less than a mile south of the Anacostia station.

Buses on the W6 and W8 routes have been frequent targets, according to Metro, and service cutbacks have been proposed.

In October, a bus operator was taken to a hospital after being struck in the head by a rock that came through an open window as she drove on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Metro said.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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