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MATA bus driver grazed by bullet while driving Tuesday night route

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A MATA bus driver was shaken, but not seriously injured, after she was grazed by a bullet while driving her route late Tuesday night.

The bus was traveling on North Hollywood near Vollentine around 10:15 p.m. when shots rang out.

"The bus was hit approximately three times," said Lt. Col. J.M. Willis of the Memphis Police Department.

The three bullets blasted through one of the bus' glass windows.  One of them hit the driver, grazing her elbow.  MATA spokesperson Alison Burton said the driver was taken to The MED and later released.

"She's doing fine," Burton said. "She's very fortunate."

Burton said the bus wasn't a target in the shooting, but was instead caught in the crossfire of a nearby shooting.

It wasn't the first time a MATA bus was involved in such an incident.  On March 19, 2010, a passenger on a MATA bus was hit by a stray bullet from a nearby drive-by shooting.

But MATA officials insist riding a bus is safe, despite these incidents.

"This is a random act," Burton said. "Safety is a priority for Memphis and MATA, and acts like this don't occur often. We're very fortunate when you compare us to other cities our size."

Five passengers were on the bus Tuesday night when the bus was struck, but no one else was injured.

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