In an unusual event in Las Vegas, Nevada, a man is accused of shooting a fellow bus passenger, allegedly triggered by laughter over a flatulence incident. The accused, Dominic Johnson, was arrested by local law enforcement following the incident on May 3.
The incident took place around 2:30 p.m. on a bus run by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. According to reports, surveillance footage from the bus showed Johnson standing and drawing a handgun before firing four shots at a passenger seated at the rear of the bus. Johnson then reportedly fled the scene, running through a nearby parking lot and into an apartment building.
The victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, suffered gunshot wounds to his hand, stomach, and leg, and was discovered in a pool of blood by responding officers. Despite the severity of his injuries, he was able to give a statement to the police two days after the incident. He stated that he had no previous interaction with Johnson and was confused as to why he was targeted.
Court documents reveal that the victim and his girlfriend had been laughing about a flatulence incident on the bus, which may have upset Johnson. Surveillance footage confirmed that there was no direct interaction between the two men before the shooting.
The Las Vegas Metro Police Department used descriptions from eyewitnesses and Johnson’s social media accounts to identify him as the suspect. A subsequent search of Johnson’s residence yielded a .380 handgun, an extended magazine with 9mm ammunition, a polymer 80 lower handgun receiver, a magazine with .40 caliber ammunition, and a box of .380 ammunition. A gray T-shirt matching the one Johnson was seen wearing on the day of the shooting was also found.
Johnson, a convicted felon, was arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. He is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Justice Court on Oct. 17.