By Bethany Bray
---- — SALEM, Mass. — Two people were slashed by an assailant on a Salem State University shuttle bus this morning.
The reported stabbing happened around 11 a.m., when a male bus rider approached a female bus rider while the bus was in the Central Campus parking lot.
"He went toward her and inflicted a superficial slash on the top of her hand," said Karen Cady, SSU spokesperson. "The bus driver got up to intervene and the assailant went after him, and inflicted a superficial laceration on his upper chest."
The male suspect got off the bus, fled on foot across Loring Avenue, got into a car and took off into the city, Cady said.
Salem police issued a "be on the lookout" bulletin for a brown 1999 Toyota Camry just after 11 a.m. Salem State officials sent out a campus-wide bulletin alerting the university of the incident at 11:46 a.m.
The bus driver was taken to the hospital with minor, non-life-threatening injuries. The female victim declined to be taken to the hospital and will be OK, Cady said.
It is unknown if the suspect is a SSU student, Cady said. People do not have to show any type of student identification to ride the shuttle buses, which run a loop between Salem State's north, south and central campuses.
"He could have just boarded one of the buses (without being a student)," Cady said.
The suspect is described as a white male with long red/ blonde hair, some facial hair, approximately 20 years old, wearing a white shirt, gray baseball cap, khaki pants and red sneakers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salem State University Police at 978-542-6111 or anonymously at 978-542-TIPS (8477).
The bus driver is an employee of Cavalier Bus Lines, and is not employed directly by SSU, Cady said.
For ongoing updates and details, check back to www.salemnews.com and see Thursday's edition of the Salem News.
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A female passenger and the bus driver who went to her aid have been slashed with a knife-wielding man on a Salem State University shuttle bus.
A university spokeswoman says a male passenger gave the female passenger a superficial cut on her hand at about 11 a.m., then inflicted a superficial laceration on the driver's chest when he went to help.
The assailant then got off the bus, into a car and took off. He's described as a white male with long reddish-blonde hair, about 20, wearing a white shirt, gray baseball cap, khaki pants and red sneakers. It's not clear if he's a student.
The bus driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The female victim refused transport to the hospital.