FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Police say 49-year-old Jackie Hardy's killer was hiding a long barrel gun on a public bus before the shooting Wednesday morning.
Kenneth Knight was wanted by Fort Wayne Police for Hardy’s murder. The man hunt for Knight lasted nine hours before snipers shot him, while he was holding a toddler hostage in a home on Holton Avenue, Wednesday afternoon.
Citilink officials say everyone who works for Citilink did what they should have done in this situation. The company’s assistant general manager, Betsy Kachmar, says the most important thing is keeping calm and she says that's exactly what the bus driver did.
The shooting happened just steps from the front of a Citilink bus stopped at the corner of Reed and Pettit on the city’s south side. Witnesses told police, when the bus stopped, Knight dragged Hardy off the bus and shot her.
Kachmar says Citilink buses of that size are equipped with eight cameras including two that would have been pointing in the direction of where the shooting happened Wednesday.
Kachmar says the bus driver made sure the other passengers were okay and then called to report the crime. As far as concealed weapons Kachmar says there isn’t much more they can do.
"If it's concealed, we can't see it. That's sort of the idea of concealing. So it's very difficult to react to something you can't see," said Betsy Kachmar, asst. general manager, Citilink.
Citilink is still reviewing this case to see if there are other safety precautions they can take, but Kachmar says they're satisfied with the safety procedures currently in place.
Still for many of those who ride the Citilink buses this shooting leaves them concerned for their own safety. Although police say Hardy was targeted by Knight it is still tough for those riding Citilink buses daily.
"It's not even safe to ride the bus anymore," said Donny Logan, bus rider. "Till I can get my license squared away and everything this is how I get around every day."
“We're supposed to be safe and she wasn't safe and it's really disturbing," said Rachelle Sanchez, bus rider.
Sanchez says she doesn’t expect more of Citilink but is simply saddened that she can’t trust in others in her community.
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