Man accused of shooting a school bus driver is concerned for victim

Lilly shot and killed a teenage robbery suspect in 2015

Edgar Linares
February 08, 2019 - 5:17 pm

Courtesy of Mara H. Gottfried / Pioneer Press

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A judge has ordered the man charged with shooting a school bus driver on Interstate 94 to surrender his permit to carry a firearm. 

The attorney representing 31-year old Kenneth Lilly, says his client is concerned for the people involved in the incident. 

“First thing that we’d like to do is express our concern to the bus driver and the child. Mr. Lilly is concerned about their well being and extends his well wishes to them,” said Lilly’s Attorney Tom Plunkett. The two stood side by side outside the Hennepin County Jail after Lilly made his first court appearance. Lilly posted $500,000 bail the night before.

The St. Paul security guard is facing second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault charges. He’s accused of shooting a 78-year-old school bus driver on Interstate 94 near Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis in the midst of Tuesday's snowstorm.

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According to the criminal complaint, the school bus collided with Lilly’s car while merging. The driver later told investigators he didn’t know he struck Lilly’s car. The complaint then says Lilly stopped his car, got out and walked towards the bus, where he attempted to enter the passenger door. The driver told Lilly he ‘could not come in because there was an 8-year-old girl onboard’. Hennepin County prosecutors say video shows Lilly walking to the front of the bus, pulling out his 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol from his holster, and firing into the windshield.

“It appears he fired five shots at the school bus striking the driver twice,” said David Brown, the Hennepin County Attorney's Chief Deputy. “The 8-year-old child, who was in the bus at the time, was not injured.”

A bullet grazed the side of the school bus driver’s head and second shot hit his left arm. Lilly claims it was self-defense.

“This is a complicated case. More information will be coming out about the case and we would appreciate that you give us and Mr. Lilly the opportunity to complete our investigation, so that we can do a fair job for everyone,” said Plunkett. 

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Lilly killed an armed robbery suspect on July 31, 2015. The paper reports he shot and killed 16-year-old Lavauntai Broadbent after he flashed a handgun at Lilly and another person at Shadow Falls Park.

In court, the judge ordered Lilly to surrender his permit to carry from Ramsey County, to stay away from guns and to have no contact with the victims. Lilly will return to court on March 8.

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