2 shot by stray bullets on MTA bus when man opens fire on Queens street: NYPD

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JAMAICA, Queens — Two men were shot in the arm by stray bullets while sitting on an MTA bus in Queens Thursday morning, according to the NYPD.

Police said it happened around 9 a.m. when the suspected shooter opened fire, letting off two rounds near the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 148th Street in Jamaica.

The gunman missed his intended target, but the bullets struck two men, ages 20 and 66, both in their left arms, as they rode on the southbound Q8 bus, authorities said.

Police said the suspect was outside of the bus at the time of the shooting.

Both victims were taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The NYPD said suspect Melvin Adams, 43, attempted to flee but was apprehended by two officers at the scene, as well as an off duty officer leaving work for the day who assisted. Police also recovered a semi-automatic firearm. Adams has “minor prior” arrests, according to police.

The MTA said the bus was taken out of service due to the police investigation.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Adams’ age was 44.

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