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DA’s Office Charges Suspect With Murder for Fatal Shooting of SEPTA Bus Driver

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PHILADELPHIA (October 27, 2023) – District Attorney Larry Krasner on Friday announced that Murder and related charges were filed against Zhontay Capers (DOB: 3/13/2002) for the fatal shooting of SEPTA Bus Driver Bernard Gribbin on Thursday, October 26.“Today, my office announced that Zhontay Capers has been charged with Murder and related offenses for fatally shooting a SEPTA bus driver on Thursday morning. “Capers is charged with Murder (Generally), VUFA 6105 (F1), VUFA 6106 (F3), Possession of an Instrument of Crime (M1), and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2) for shooting 45-year-old Bernard Gribbin. Gribbin was on-duty and operating a bus on SEPTA’s Route 23 when Capers allegedly shot him multiple times in his right side. Investigators have not determined a motive for the killing. Surveillance video depicted Capers holding a firearm at the front of the bus moments before she allegedly shot and killed the victim. “This investigation is ongoing, as is our office’s outreach to co-victims. Any family members or colleagues of Mr. Gribbin, SEPTA riders, or community members who have been impacted by this senseless violence can contact the DAO’s Victim Support Services Division at 215-686-8027.”


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