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Man Shot, Killed While Riding MTA Bus in Brooklyn

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Sources say a 14-year-old boy is in police custody after the deadly shooting of a 39-year-old man on a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus in Bedford-Stuyvesant Thursday evening. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

Several deadly gunshots rang out on board a B15 bus Thursday night after police say an argument erupted between two males.

The victim was pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital after being shot in the head

Police identified him as 39-year-old Angel Rojas of Brooklyn, and they told NY1 that he does not appear to be the intended target.

The shooting happened just before 6:30 pm on a B15 bound for Kennedy Airport, startling those nearby.

"I knew automatically it was gunshots. I heard like four or five gunshots, and I thought it was out here on the street," said one person. "I did a head check on my family, and I looked out the window, saw what was going on. I didn't even know it was the bus until the bus driver pulled over and people were jumping and running off the bus, yelling and screaming and hollering."

Sources tell NY1 that the trouble started in the back of the bus, with one passenger taking out a handgun and firing as the B15 approached Greene Avenue at Marcus Garvey Boulevard, right in front of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Several young men ran from a training class to find a chaotic scene in which police say the alleged shooter escaped.

"Absolutely hysteria, hysterics," said Shanida Robinson of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps. "There were people who were sitting next to the gunshot patient, and there were also people who were around the scene who were uncertain of what was happening or where the, I guess where the perpetrator was at at that time."

Sources tell NY1 that a teenage boy is in custody, with police trying to determine if he is the shooter.

No other injuries were reported on the bus.

"The bus driver is one of our former members. She also is a family friend," Robinson said. "She wasn't conscious that she was stopping here, but she knew that this was a first aid, first responder center."

Residents said they were disgusted by the violence.

"The city is getting out of control with these young kids," said one person. "They need to go back to fighting the way it used to be, just straight up hand-to-hand combat, so you can at least go home and see your family the next day."

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