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Slain Metro bus driver identified

May 21, 2012 |  8:40 am

   A roadside memorial is growing on Santa Monica Boulevard near West Knoll in West Hollywood where MTA bus driver Alan Thomas was shot to death.
The Metro bus driver killed while on duty over the weekend was identified Monday as Alan Thomas, 51, a five-year veteran, an MTA spokesman said.

Anthony Craig Chambers, 41, of Los Angeles, was the lone passenger on the bus when the shooting occurred about 9:10 a.m. Sunday near Santa Monica Boulevard and West Knoll Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.

He was booked on suspicion of murder at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

“We’re kind of in shock here,” said MTA spokesman Rick Jager. “When you lose a Metro family member, it affects everyone.”

Thomas was leaving an MTA layover area near the intersection when the shooting occurred, Jager said Sunday.

A motive for the shooting remained unclear Monday morning.

Two weapons were recovered at the scene, authorities said.

Deputies also found a suspicious package, which was removed by the bomb squad but turned out not to be an explosive device, officials said Monday morning.

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Photo: A roadside memorial is growing on Santa Monica Boulevard near West Knoll in West Hollywood where MTA bus driver Alan Thomas was shot to death. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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