Suspected MATA bus shooter identified, arrested - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee


Suspected MATA bus shooter identified, arrested

(Source: Memphis Police Department) (Source: Memphis Police Department)

Memphis police identified and arrested the man they said opened fire on an occupied MATA bus.

MPD said Tory Campbell, 40, is the man seen on surveillance video shooting a 35-year-old man on a bus at the North Main Street terminal.

"He said that he was turning around, going to his seat," the suspect's stepfather Aaron Carroll said. "The fella must have seen the pistol in his back and tried to get the pistol and then they began to wrestle and the pistol went off and shot him."

Police said Campbell ran away from the scene as other passengers scrambled off of the bus. Campbell's girlfriend, who did not want to be identified, said she saw the surveillance video on WMC Action News 5 and knew her boyfriend was the suspect.

"I looked at the news and there was Tory," the suspect's girlfriend said. "And Tory happened to wake up not knowing what happened. He panicked and he went out the house. He said, 'I didn't even know I shot the guy.'"

Campbell's girlfriend and stepfather both said the victim had previously harassed Campbell on bus rides, and even threw a brick at him once after they got off the bus. The family said the victim and suspect only knew one another from the bus.

The victim is currently at the hospital in non-critical condition.

Campbell's family said the incident doesn't match up with his character.

"He wouldn't have did nothing. Tory ain't no bad guy or nothing."

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