Police are investigating after someone fired shots at a Long Island bus on the same day two women trying to get a free ride attacked one of its drivers.
A Nassau Inter-County Express bus driver was attacked by two women who attempted to board the vehicle at the Hempstead Transit Center at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police say. The women allegedly asked for a free ride and tried to grab transfer tickets when the driver told them no.
The situation escalated. Police say the driver was punched in her forehead and had her lip cut.
The women weren’t injured but were arrested at the scene on assault charges. They were arraigned later in the day.
Then, about five hours later, the bus was fired on by a group of men while it headed north on Peninsula Boulevard at Main Street in Hempstead with a different driver behind the wheel. It's back window was shot out, but no one on board was injured.
The driver pulled over, let off the passengers and called police.
It’s not clear if the attack and the shooting are connected, police say.