Ex-security guard charged in shooting of teens on bus


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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former university security guard has been charged with aggravated assault and other counts in a shooting on a Philadelphia bus last month that wounded three teenagers and injured a woman.

The Philadelphia district attorney’s office said Tuesday 24-year-old Brandon Ferguson is facing four counts of aggravated and simple assault as well as recklessly endangering another person.

Authorities said the youths, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were shot in the legs at about 1 a.m. on April 16 on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus in northeast Philadelphia. All three were said to be in stable condition after the shooting. Prosecutors said a woman was also injured.

Police said the shooter, who had a permit to carry a gun, told investigators that he was sitting in the back of the bus when the teens attacked him and he pulled out his gun and fired in self-defense.

Prosecutors said he was a University of Pennsylvania security guard. An Allied Universal Security Services spokeswoman told the Inquirer that he was off-duty at the time and had been suspended pending an investigation. She said Tuesday that Ferguson had been terminated April 22.

Prosecutors are seeking a $250,000 signature bond contingent on the defendant turning over to police two handguns and an AR-15 rifle as well as ammunition, the office said.

It’s unclear whether Ferguson has an attorney; a listed number for him couldn’t be found Tuesday.

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