After three youths allegedly assaulted the bus driver outside the vehicle on Saturday night in Jersey City, police say the driver pulled out a revolver and fired at them. The driver was then charged with attempted murder.
Following the 9:45 p.m. incident between Monticello and Jewett Avenues, Charles Fieros, 48, of Staten Island, New York, was detained after receiving medical attention at Jersey Municipal Medical Center, according to Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, a city spokeswoman.
In addition to receiving stolen items, Fieros is accused of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and illegally possessing a firearm, two other weapons, and aggravated assault. According to Wallace-Scalcione, the handgun that police seized had been reported stolen.
According to city police, Fieros was allegedly beaten by three young boys while waiting for a bus. This led to the shooting. According to Wallace-Scalcione, the driver “retrieved an illegal firearm and fired at the group of males who had allegedly assaulted him.”
The gunfire struck one of the three. She stated a 15-year-old male who was suspected to have three gunshot wounds to the abdomen was taken by taxi to Jersey City Medical Center. His status is critical yet stable.
Fieros was treated at the same hospital for head and facial injuries he sustained in the initial attack.
Questions were directed to Jersey City police, who are still looking into the incident, by NJ Transit authorities.