SAN PABLO — A 51-year-old woman was shot after she jumped on the back of a man who robbed her on a bus.
The robber, who was about 19 years old, approached the woman about 1:30 p.m., showed her a handgun and demanded her wallet, police said.
After taking the wallet, the suspect was about to exit the bus when the woman jumped on his back in an effort to get it back. That’s when he shot her, police said.
The victim, Pauline Anderson, was listed in stable condition Thursday at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
The attack occurred on San Pablo Avenue south of Laurie Lane. The Route 72 AC Transit bus was either stopping or pulling to a stop, San Pablo Detective Sgt. Dave Llewellyn said.
Officers responding to the scene saw the robber running south on the avenue and into an apartment complex in the 14100 block of that street.
Police briefly detained one man but cleared him of the shooting and released him, police said. The robber evaded a search of the building.
However, investigators found the victim’s wallet and the suspect’s jacket a short distance from the apartment building.
The robber was described as a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red striped T-shirt underneath.
This was the second shooting of passengers on an AC Transit bus in recent months. On Sept. 4, three people were shot as the No. 376 North Richmond bus was near the corner of Sixth Street and Nevin Avenue in Richmond.
All three survived. After the attack, the bus driver drove directly to Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center, two blocks from the shooting.
Richmond police later arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of shooting at the bus after he argued with a man who then got on the bus. The shooter shot at least 15 rounds at the bus.
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