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Bus shooting suspect, Anthony Williams of Maryland, scheduled to be in court Wednesday

Posted at 6:37 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 20:26:56-05

Anthony Williams, the man accused of killing a woman and wounding five others on a Greyhound bus is scheduled to be in court Wednesday afternoon.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Williams allegedly opened fire while the bus was passing through the Grapevine near Lebec, striking six people. A 51-year-old woman from Colombia was killed.

The bus was headed north on Interstate 5 from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Prior to getting on that bus, Williams was on another Greyhound that departed from San Diego Sunday evening and stopped at a Greyhound station in Los Angeles.

He would then transfer onto the bus destined for San Francisco, opening fire at about 1:26 a.m.

According to the CHP, a 45-year-old man, a 39-year-old woman and a 19-year-old woman were transported to Kern Medical with major injuries. A 49-year-old man was transported to Kern Medical with moderate injuries. A 50-year-old woman was transported to Kern Medical with minor injuries and has been discharged. A 45-year-old man was transported via Hall Air Ambulance.

CHP said it's unclear how long Williams has been in California, but confirmed that he has residency in Maryland.
According to Maryland's District Court for Prince George's County, Williams had a domestic violence case filed against him in 2003.


The CHP says a physical altercation between passengers and Williams helped subdue and disarm him. He was then forced out of the bus.

The bus was able to stop at a Valero gas station on Grapevine Road.

According to The Associated Press, "passenger Mark Grabban says the gunman had been sitting with his leg sticking out into the aisle, muttering to himself incoherently, then began cursing and shooting."

Williams faces one count of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.

He's scheduled to be in court at 3 p.m. Wednesday.