Buses are safe, shootings are 'isolated incidents,' official says
In the wake of the third shooting on a city bus since early March, Metro Transit Police Chief Dave Indrehus said today that bus and light rail riders "shouldn't feel less safe because of these really isolated incidents." Police announced today that officer’s arrest of Jerome Pablo Cross, 17, on Sunday in connection with the shooting. His parents expressed disbelief that their son could have pulled the trigger. It was on a metro transit bus that Earl Freeman, 16, of St. Paul, was shot to death early Sunday while stopped in downtown St. Paul. While the Pioneer Press article focuses on the young man who was shot to death, the Star Tribune focused on the safety of the bus system.
When Freeman was 7, his mother died of complications from Lupus, Kinsey said. The "always happy, always smiling" boy began to struggle in school and had brushes with the law. He might have developed a tough exterior, Kinsey said, but he was trying to turn his life around.
Indrehus said that other recent incidents on Route 74 have included a purse snatching, a domestic incident, three fights, two drivers spat upon and a suspected gunshot that turned out to be a rock thrown at the bus.
Both articles are written in the inverted pyramid style as well as encompassing the same core journalistic values of timeliness and impact.