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‘It shocked the hell out of me:’ Halifax bus driver helps passenger shot by pellet gun

A Halifax bus driver is reeling after one of his passengers was shot with a pellet gun moments before boarding his bus.

Darrell Knox was driving the No. 20 Metro Transit bus down Herring Cove Road, en route to the Mumford Terminal on Sunday evening when he picked up a crowd of people near Greystone Drive just before 6 p.m.

“She didn’t tell me she’d been shot until I got the bus rolling,” Knox said on Monday. “She waited two or three spots before she told me she’d been shot.”

He was told a story about someone throwing rocks and firing a pellet gun at seniors waiting at the bus shelter, and the woman showed Knox the welt on her side.

“I was scared for sure. It shocked the hell out of me,” he said.

He said he called his dispatcher immediately who then called police.

Police, paramedics and Metro Transit personnel met up with the bus further down his route, he said.

A 54-year-old woman was treated by paramedics for minor injuries at the scene, and released.

“From the evidence at the scene we located the area,” said Const. Pierre Bourdages, Monday.

Police arrested a 21-year-old man who they said had been firing a pellet-gun from his apartment window in the 400-block of Herring Cove Road.

The suspect will appear in court at a later date facing assault with a weapon and possession of weapons dangerous charges.

“Even though you’re talking about a pellet gun it still has velocity,” said Bourdages. “You could sustain a welt from it.”