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Suspected SEPTA Bus Gunman Facing Attempted Murder Charges, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office Says

Passengers on the bus included teenagers heading to school. No one on board was injured, SEPTA says.

What to Know

  • A gun battle took place outside a stopped Route 56 SEPTA bus on Torresdale Avenue Thursday morning.
  • Officer Donald Revill was shot in the arm, police said. He was awake and talking while being treated at the hospital.
  • The gunman was hospitalized in critical condition after being struck multiple times, police said.

A 54-year-old man suspected of shooting at Philadelphia police officers Thursday has been charged with attempted murder, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. 

Walter Farrell, who was also injured in the shootout, was charged Friday morning with three counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, weapons violations and related charges.

Farrell is being held without bail, the DA's office said. No attorney information is available for him.

The gun battle erupted Thursday morning near Torresdale Avenue after police officers responded to a report of an armed man aboard the bus.

Police pulled over the bus and when the alleged gunman got off, the shooting began, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said.

During the melee, Officer Donald Revill got into a "tussle" with the gunman, wrestling him to the ground.

At some point, Revill was shot in his right forearm, officials said. 

Philadelphia Police

An initial investigation indicated two responding officers, later identified as eight-year veteran Officer Michael Kilroy and nine-year veteran Officer Charles Schuck, fired at least three shots each. The gunman was struck multiple times in his body and taken to a local hospital.

About 15 people were on the bus at the time, Busch said. None of them were hurt.

There are additional community resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence. Further information can be found here

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