Man Reportedly Bought Gun ‘Right Before’ RTC Bus Shooting

Las Vegas Metro police said a man in a wheelchair was taken into custody after he fired shots on an RTC bus Wednesday afternoon.

Police responded to the incident in the 800 block of Nellis Boulevard, near Bonanza Road after the suspect, identified as Brett Sporich, boarded the bus on a wheelchair and fired various shots.

A witness told FOX5 a man got on the bus, pulled out a gun and said he wasn’t going back to jail. Police said the armed suspect was barricaded in the bus and did not respond to attempts to contact him via megaphone.

FOX5’s Cherney Amhara spoke to a witness at the scene who wanted to remain anonymous. The witness was on the bus with the gunman.

Police urged everyone to stay away from the area. “Anytime we have a man that is in the public area that is willing to use their weapon, we consider it a violent situation so we want to make sure our citizens are safe.”

FOX5’s Adam Herbets reported Metro does not have vision inside the bus.

Nellis Boulevard was closed from Washington Avenue to Cedar Avenue, police said. Bonanza was closed from Prescott Street to Betty Lane.

Surrounding businesses were evacuated, police said.

The Clark County School District said three schools were on lockdown including Eldorado High School, Robison Middle School, and Stanford Elementary School. The district said parents received either a text or email notifying them when they could pick up their children.