After a passenger on a Metrobus was hit by gunfire on the W8 bus Friday night, buses will avoid nighttime stops for one week on the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE, where the shooting occurred, Metro said on Monday night.
Metro spokeswoman Sherri Ly said that the passenger who was struck by a bullet that someone fired at the bus, at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, did not seem to be the intended target. He suffered a non-life-threatening injury, she said.
Ly did not explain how detouring around the area for seven days would improve Metro’s security.
No one has been arrested for shooting at the bus.
Also on Monday, the union that represents Metro employees sent an email and tweets with the subject “Statement on Weekend Metro Bus Hijacking.”
But the statement, which called for increased police presence on Metrobuses, did not include any details about when or where a hijacking might have happened, and the union spokesperson who sent it did not respond to inquiries. Ly said that the only hijacking she was aware of was one in late July, when an officer was threatened at 19th and Savannah streets SE.
The union’s statement said, “Local 689 is impressing upon WMATA to do everything it can to ensure the safety of the bus operators, including cancelling service, if necessary. With this incident, we are reminded of the need for an increased police presence on Metro buses. Bus operators deserve the peace of mind to know that they are safe, so that they can do their job and make it home to their families.”