Las Vegas man shoots bus passenger for laughing about flatulence, police say

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A Las Vegas man shot a bus passenger because he was laughing about flatulence, according to police.

Around 2:30 p.m. on May 3, Dominic Johnson was riding on a Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada bus. Johnson was seen on surveillance video standing up and drawing a handgun. He reportedly shot a passenger sitting in the back of the bus. He allegedly fired four shots and then ran off the bus. Witnesses said Johnson ran through a parking lot and down the stairs of a nearby apartment.

The victim was reportedly in a pool of blood after suffering gunshot wounds to his hand, stomach, and leg. Officers arrived at the crime scene and began performing lifesaving care.

The victim’s girlfriend didn’t recognize the shooter and couldn’t think of any reason why her boyfriend would have been targeted.

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Police interviewed the victim at UMC Trauma two days after the shooting, and he said there was no interaction with the shooter. The victim said he never had a conversation with Johnson and was “flabbergasted” at what could have caused the suspect “to target him in such a violent manner.”

The victim told law enforcement that “he could smell a fart” during the bus ride and was about to ask who was responsible, according to court documents. The victim and his girlfriend allegedly started laughing about the flatulence on the bus.

“Surveillance video from the bus confirmed that the two men never interacted and that the suspect ‘appeared irritated’ after hearing laughter behind him,” KVVU-TV reported. “Johnson appeared to manipulate a firearm under his shirt and police said he looked nervous and anxious for several minutes before the shooting.”

Officers with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department utilized the suspect’s social media accounts to match descriptions given by eyewitnesses at the scene of the shooting.

Police and a SWAT team served a search warrant at Johnson’s home – where they found a .380 handgun, an extended magazine with 9mm ammunition, a polymer 80 lower handgun receiver, a magazine with .40 caliber ammunition, and a box of .380 ammunition. Police also found a gray T-shirt that matched the one Johnson was wearing on the day of the Las Vegas shooting.

Johnson was arrested and charged with attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm, battery with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Johnson, a convicted felon, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Sunday.

Johnson is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in Justice Court on Oct. 17.

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