PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A Philadelphia man says men with guns shot at him after he scolded a woman on a public bus for spanking her young son.
Lefenus Pickett gave his testimony at a preliminary hearing as prosecutors played video from security cameras on the bus. Four people were ordered held for trial.
Pickett said he was a passenger on the No. 47 bus operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority when he saw Penny Chapman, 20, hit her son. He told her what she was doing was “child abuse,” setting off an argument that ended with Chapman making a call on her cellphone.
After Chapman got off the bus with the boy, Pickett said he saw two men outside, one with a handgun and the other with a rifle.
As Pickett and others ran to the front of the bus, 13 shots were fired into it. No one was hit.
The operator drove the bus to a hospital, although no one was injured.
Those ordered to stand trial along with Chapman are Karom and Rasheem Patterson, who allegedly did the shooting, and Angel Lecourt, the boy’s uncle, who allegedly orchestrated the attack.