UPDATE 9:50 P.M. SEPT 1: Police have released new details on that frightening standoff after a man opens fire on an RTC bus in the middle of the day. According to an arrest report a mom, who recently gave birth, was onboard as the shots rang out
Police say Brett Sporich is at the center of the bizarre shooting. According to the report, on Wednesday, Sporich, in a wheelchair, went into a McDonalds near Nellis and Bonanza.
In the report, witnesses told police, Sporich was acting erratically. Witnesses said Sporich loaded a .38-caliber revolver and clenched his fists, making "clawing motions at his chest."
They said Sporich repeatedly muttered "it didn't used to be like this." witnesses told police Sporich rolled his wheelchair onto the bus, pulled out a gun and fired three shots, shouting "I'm not going back to jail!"
According to the report, a man begged Sporich, to let off him and his spouse, who recently gave birth. That couple and everyone else onboard eventually get out unharmed.
Sporich was arrested, charged with firing a gun inside a bus.
UPDATE SEPT. 1: According to a police report, Brett Sporich said he was not going to hurt anyone and he fired three rounds to see if his gun worked. He told police he was then going to shoot himself in the head.
UPDATE 11:50 P.M. AUG. 30: 13 Action News is speaking with friends and neighbors of the alleged shooter. Police identify the suspect as Brett Sporich. Right now, he's likely to face a charge of firing into an occupied structure.
"He comes over to my house all the time," said friend Allen Taylor.
Taylor lives in the same senior living facility as Sporich.
Taylor, and several other neighbors, tell 13 Action News the suspect has never been armed or violent in the past. They are struggling to understand the events of today.
We're told the suspect, who is in a wheelchair, had been experiencing extra pain lately.
13 Action News is requesting to speak with him from CCDC.
UPDATE 4:52 P.M.: RTC released a statement regarding the incident.
“Today’s incident has caused a tremendous amount of stress for our community. Most importantly, we are grateful there are no reported injuries. We are working very closely with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and our contractor to understand the facts of what occurred. This incident further demonstrates the need for a live camera feed inside our buses that can be easily shared with law enforcement. The RTC is currently testing such a pilot program and hopes to obtain all necessary approvals to install the software system-wide by year-end.”
-- Angela Castro, RTC senior director of government affairs, media and marketing.
UPDATE 3:47 P.M.: Las Vegas police say the suspect inside the bus has been taken into custody. No injuries were reported.
Nearby roads will reopen shortly.
All school lockdowns near the area have been lifted, according to the Clark County School District.
The barricade incident at Nellis & Bonanza has ended, the subject has been taken into custody. Roads will be opened soon.