The bus was en route from Los Angeles to the San Francisco area at the time.
February 3, 2020, 4:23 PM
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One passenger was killed and five others were hurt in a shooting on a Greyhound bus in Southern California early Monday morning, officials said.
The five survivors have been transported to hospitals and two of them are in serious condition, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Brian Pennings.
The slain victim was identified as a 51-year-old woman, he said.
Police at the scene of a shooting on a Greyhound bus near Lebec, Calif., early on Feb. 3, 2020.
Police at the scene of a shooting on a Greyhound bus near Lebec, Calif., early on Feb. 3, 2020.KABC
The shooting occurred at about about 1:27 a.m. local time when the bus was traveling on Interstate 5 near Lebec, about 80 miles north of Los Angeles. Forty-two passengers were on the bus, which was en route from Los Angeles to the San Francisco area, Pennings said.
After the shooting the driver immediately pulled over to the shoulder and the male suspect was persuaded to get off the bus, Pennings said. When the suspect got off he left his handgun behind, Pennings said.
The driver then took the first exit and pulled into a gas station to get medical help for the passengers, Pennings said.
The suspect was taken into custody without further incident, officials said.
A motive is not known, Pennings said, calling the shooting on a Greyhound "extremely rare."
"In my career I'm not aware of this ever happening," he said.
A spokesperson for Greyhound said in a statement Monday, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone and every family member impacted."
"We are gathering details and will assist the Kern County police in every way possible during their investigation," the spokesperson said.
ABC News' Cammeron Parrish contributed to this report.