A 21-year-old woman is now being charged with murder after authorities claim she shot and murdered a SEPTA bus driver in Germantown on Thursday morning.
Zhontay Capers shot Gribbin six times in the area of Germantown and Abbotsford Avenues. Capers was charged with murder and other offenses the same night.
After reportedly shooting and murdering a SEPTA bus driver in Germantown on Thursday morning, a 21-year-old woman is now being charged with murder.
Who is Zhontay Capers?
Interim First Deputy Commissioner Frank Vanore said that Zhontay Capers was charged with murder and other offenses overnight for the shooting death of Route 23 SEPTA bus driver Bernard N. Gribbin, 48.
The terrible event happened on Thursday morning shortly before 10:30 a.m., when Gribbin was reportedly shot six times by Capers in the vicinity of Germantown and Abbotsford Avenues. Even though Gribbin was taken to Einstein Medical Center immediately, he was declared dead at 10:36 a.m. in a matter of minutes. Gribbin highlighted the terrible loss to the transportation system and his community throughout his twelve years of employment with SEPTA.
According to early accounts, Gribbin could have been the target of the gunman after a fight. The bus surveillance tape, according to SEPTA Transit Police Chief Charles Lawson, did not seem to depict any meaningful contact between the gunman and the driver. Lawson observed that there didn’t appear to be any pattern or rationale to the shooting. According to reports, the lady started shooting as she was getting off the bus, got back on, fired again, and got off the bus many times.
Authorities are still looking into the shooting’s motivation, which is still unknown at this time. Fortunately, no more injuries were recorded in the event.
In the midst of difficult contract discussions, SEPTA and Transport Workers Union Local 234—which represents bus, trolley, and subway operators within the authority—have been engaged in this sad incident. TWU Local 234’s demand for more law enforcement to address an increase in attacks on its members and improve safety for the public and transit workers against crime and antisocial conduct inside the transport system is one of the main points of contention in these talks.