Jamal Meyers, 34, is the suspect in Thursday’s lethal Fort Lauderdale taking pictures, based on Fort Lauderdale police. Meyers is charged with two counts of premeditated homicide and two counts of tried homicide, amongst different prices. (Fort Lauderdale Principal Jail/TNS)

Chris Perkins, Eileen Kelley and Angie DiMichele

South Florida Solar Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Broward County Transit driver has been hailed as a hero for her fast actions after a person began taking pictures on her bus Thursday afternoon, killing two individuals and injuring two others.

The suspect within the taking pictures simply exterior the Fort Lauderdale police station was recognized on Friday as Jamal Meyers, based on Fort Lauderdale police.


Meyers, 34, faces two premeditated homicide prices and two tried homicide prices, based on the court docket paperwork. He additionally faces prices of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon and probation violation. He’s scheduled to face a choose Friday morning.

Meyers is taken into account a critical routine felon and has had quite a few encounters with the authorized system since 2003, based on a Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement.

His first encounter with the authorized system was when he was 15 years outdated and charged with disrupting a faculty perform. He additionally has strong-armed theft and grand theft arrests in his teen years.

Meyers was final despatched to jail on Aug. 9, 2021, after being discovered responsible of 10 crimes between 2017 and 2019. Half of these convictions have been for housebreaking. Every conviction carried a three-year sentence, although he was in a position to serve them concurrently. Ultimately, he served solely 5 months in state jail as a result of he was given credit score for spending over 800 days in jail whereas his felony instances performed out on court docket.

On Jan. 8, he was launched and positioned on probation till 2025.

Fort Lauderdale police stated the motive for Thursday’s bus taking pictures nonetheless isn’t recognized.

One individual died on the bus after being shot and the opposite died at Broward Well being Medical Middle, Fort Lauderdale Fireplace Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan stated. One other individual is in important situation at Broward Well being Medical Middle; the fourth taking pictures sufferer is predicted to outlive.

Three different individuals have been injured and handled on the scene for minor accidents when the bus crashed into vehicles because it crossed the highway within the driver’s determined try and get to the police station.

The taking pictures was reported at 2:33 p.m. within the 1300 block of West Broward Boulevard. As soon as the taking pictures started, the driving force compelled her a manner right into a flip lane and pulled into the Fort Lauderdale police station car parking zone.

Police raced out of the constructing, and the gunman received off the bus and surrendered.

Because the bus driver was heading west within the 1100 block of West Broward Boulevard, she heard a number of gunshots from contained in the bus, Performing Police Chief Luis Alvarez stated. After the pictures have been fired, she pulled in entrance of the police station, the place an officer who was on an unrelated name additionally heard pictures coming from contained in the bus.

The suspect stepped off the bus and surrendered, Alvarez stated. Officers recovered a gun on the scene.

A preliminary investigation discovered that the bus was “pinned in and couldn’t cross Broward Boulevard,” Alvarez stated, as the driving force tried to show into the police station.

The bus driver then went across the automotive that was blocking the way in which into the police station, “compelled its manner via that flip lane, barreled via a car and went to the entrance of the station,” Alvarez stated.

“The bus driver on this specific case, her fast actions I’m certain saved lives,” Alvarez stated. “So kudos to her. She deserves to be applauded for her actions.”

“That could be a troublesome factor to do. Not many individuals would have behaved the way in which this bus driver behaved and to get to the entrance of the police station … it just about saved lives,” he stated.

The suspect was not injured, and no officers fired their weapons, Alvarez stated.

The bus’s quantity, 21005, recognized it because the 22 Route. The route travels alongside Broward Boulevard and extends from Broward Central Terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale to Sawgrass Mills Mall in Dawn.

Two automobiles have been struck because the bus was turning into the police station, officers stated. Three individuals within the vehicles have been handled on the scene for minor accidents, Gollan stated, and weren’t hospitalized.

Natasha McGee, 44, who works as a entrance desk clerk at a dentist workplace close to the scene, stated she watched the county bus hit two vehicles, a taxi and a white Mercedes Benz SUV.

As soon as the bus stopped on the police station, McGee stated she noticed officers encompass the bus.

“The individuals got here off the bus with their fingers up, and the police simply began operating all over the place, coming from all over the place,” McGee stated.

Everton Furtado, 43, who has lived two blocks away for a couple of 12 months and a half, stated he used to experience the bus from Boca Raton to Pompano Seashore usually and by no means felt unsafe.

“We’re simply involved about individuals as a result of we dwell proper up the road,” Furtado stated. “Truthfully, it’s very regarding. We dwell a pair blocks from the police station and to be going through some of these conditions could be very regarding … It’s horrifying. I don’t know what to say. I’m in shock.”

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(Workers author Booke Baitinger contributed to this report.)

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