Police continue to look for gunman in TARC bus shooting; friends remember victim


by WHAS11


Posted on July 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 24 at 6:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police are still searching for a gunman who killed 17-year-old Rico Robinson Jr. while he was riding a TARC bus on Route 23.

"They killed somebody's son. Somebody's best friend. Somebody's brother. They don't deserve to be out in this world," longtime friend, Shaliyah Berry, said.

Berry told WHAS11 Robinson was a student at Buechel Metropolitan High School and he rode TARC often.

"He was cool and funny. I just miss him already," Berry said.

LMPD responded to the TARC bus when it was on Bardstown Road and Goldsmith Lane when shots were fired around 3 p.m. Monday.  Robinson died on the scene after police say he was shot multiple times.

According to police, there were around eight people on the bus when the deadly shooting happened.

On Tuesday, Robinson's friends remembered the murdered teen.

"We used to talk about stuff. Talk about the world....stuff we wanted to do," said Nubian Muhammad.

TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker released this statement response to the deadly shooting.

”TARC is working closely with Metro Police in their investigation of the fatal shooting that occurred yesterday on a TARC bus. The safety of passengers and drivers is TARC’s highest priority and what occurred yesterday is intolerable. Working with police, we will review the safety and security procedures relating to this violent act. TARC continually reviews and addresses safety and security issues to assure our buses provide safe transportation to the public. TARC employees responded professionally at the scene during and immediately after the shooting. These are difficult and troubling circumstances and TARC has made counseling available to employees today.”

Police are looking for three persons of interest - a female and two men, click here to see photos. All three people were seen on the bus surveillance camera. If you have any information about this case call they anonymous tip line at 502-574-LMPD.