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NYC Bus Carrying Dozens of Passengers Hit by Gunfire in Harlem

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A bus carrying several dozen passengers through Harlem in the middle of the day was struck by gunfire, police and transit officials said Sunday.

MTA officials estimated 30 people were on board the M101 bus in the vicinity of East 124th Street and Lexington Avenue when at least one bullet hit the bus. The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. Video obtained by police showed a man pulling out his gun before firing at another with no regard for bystanders.

A vehicle that stopped at the red light on Lexington Avenue was also struck with a projectile consistent with a bullet, two senior NYPD officials told NBC New York.

Twelve 9mm shell casings were recovered from the scene along with two spent projectiles, one from the MTA bus and one from a civilian vehicle, the sources said.

Fortunately, there were no immediate reports of any injuries among the passengers, the driver of the bus or other witnesses.

The union representing city bus drivers released a statement noting Sunday's shooting was the fourth instance in at least six months of gunfire hitting an MTA bus.

"In today’s incident, a bullet struck the right side of an M101 bus in the area behind the front door. It could have killed a woman sitting right there, or the Bus Operator, who is understandably very shaken up and traumatized," Richie Davis, TWU Local 100 vice president and chief of staff, said.

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