Man charged in shooting of school bus driver on I-35W

Cheryl Sanders
February 9, 2019

On Thursday, prosecutors charged him with attempted murder and assault with a unsafe weapon.

Investigators said Lilly works as an armed security guard and became angry after a minor accident with the bus. Lilly is set to appear in court on Friday, when prosecutors will request his bail to be set at $500,000.

The gunman, identified by police as Kenneth Lilly, gets out of the auto and walks around to the driver's side of the bus before opening fire.

Prosecutors say a 31-year-old security guard fired five shots into the windshield of a school bus that had scraped his vehicle on a snowy highway near downtown Minneapolis, wounding the driver but not striking a child who was on board.


The Minnesota Department of Transportation released footage Wednesday of a suspected gunman shooting at a school bus driver in an apparent road-rage incident on Tuesday.

"We do not believe there was a self-defense claim based upon the evidence we have received so far", Brown said.

After the two vehicles made contact, the drivers pulled over on the highway's shoulder, police say.

The school bus driver, who wasn't identified, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was expected to survive.


Afterward, video reportedly shows Lilly walk back toward the driver's side of the bus before calling 911.

The complaint does not elaborate as to why Lilly might have feared for his safety.

There was one student on the bus, an 8-year-old girl, but she was not hurt.

Law enforcement authorities responded to a report of a shooting on the interstate at Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis at 2:14 p.m. Tuesday. However, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said the video showed Lilly had retreated to a safe spot before walking in front of the school bus and shooting at the driver.


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