What would have happened if the 911 operator had some common sense? I'm sure this wouldn't have occured if it was a WMWAG.
Gunman reported on GRTC bus
Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 - 10:55 AM
Richmond police scrambled in several parts of the city this morning after receiving reports of a man with a gun on a GRTC Transit System bus.
Ultimately, police found the man in question on East Broad Street and discovered that he was carrying a handgun legally. But that came after 15 minutes of anxious moments for police trying to determine which bus it was, where it was and whether there was actually a gunman aboard.
The original report came about 10:20 a.m. and indicated a man was sitting at the back of a bus with a handgun protruding from his shorts. There was no indication the man was saying anything to anyone or acting in a threatening manner.
The initial report said the gunman may have been on bus No. 810 at North 21st Street and Jefferson Avenue in the East End.
But a few minutes later, police said it may have been bus No. 608. Then, someone flagged down an officer and said it was actually a gunman on bus No. 233 headed west on Broad Street to downtown Richmond from the East End.
But GRTC officials told police the closest bus they had matching any of those numbers was bus No. 223.
By the time police found the bus and determined it was the one whose route had taken it to 21st and Jefferson, the suspected gunman was no longer on the bus.
The suspected gunman was described as a black male wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts and blue and white tennis shoes. A few minutes later, police stopped a man matching that description on Broad Street downtown and said he was carrying a gun in a legal manner.
It's legal to openly carry a firearm in Virginia.