Suspect reportedly said ‘watch me shoot at this bus’ before pulling trigger

Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 3:37 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Court documents show that a man that fired a shot from a vehicle and killed a 69-year-old woman sitting inside a city bus on Thursday reportedly said “watch me shoot at this bus” before pulling the trigger.

Lincoln Police arrested Joel Jones, 27, Thursday night after Sharon Johnson, 69, was shot and killed while riding a StarTran bus near 23rd and A streets.

Documents show investigators learned from surveillance video that a Chevy Malibu was traveling westbound when a person in the back seat pointed a black pistol at the bus and fired.

A single bullet hole was found on the left side of the bus where it entered and struck Johnson, killing her.

Later in the night, the Malibu was found at the Kwik Shop on North 14th Street.

Joel Jones and Jarell Wheeler
Joel Jones and Jarell Wheeler(KOLN)

After interviewing multiple people that were inside the vehicle, officers arrested Jones, who is being charged with second-degree murder.

Jarell Wheeler, 19, was also arrested and charged with accessory to second-degree murder. Wheeler was the one driving the vehicle, documents state.

During interviews with those inside the vehicle, police were told by multiple people that Jones pulled the trigger.

One person said that before firing, Jones said something along the lines of “watch me shoot at this bus.”

Jones is being held on a $2 million bond, and is due back in court on August 28.

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