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August 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Wounded bus driver was ‘dodging bullets again and again’

DeLoy Dupuis, the King County Metro bus driver who was involved in the shooting in downtown Seattle yesterday, at his home in Edgewood, Wash.

DeLoy Dupuis, the King County Metro bus driver who was involved in the shooting in downtown Seattle yesterday, stands outside his home in Edgewood Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

One day after he survived a gunman’s bullets, Metro bus driver DeLoy Dupuis says he’s thankful to be alive.

Speaking outside his Edgewood home this afternoon, Dupuis, 64, called the shooting “quite an ordeal.” He suffered wounds to his cheek and arm when felon Martin Anwar Duckworth, 31, opened fire around 8:48 a.m. Monday on Dupuis’ Route 27 bus. Depuis wore bandages on his wounds.

Dupuis’ wife, Shelley Coleman, said her husband had moved to the day shift in June after driving a bus at night for a number of years. She said she thought he would be safer working during the day.

“I guess that’s not true,” Coleman said.

While she said her husband is recovering from his wounds, she says the incident has affected him.

“He was terrified,” Coleman said. “All he could think about was how to get out of the range. He was dodging bullets, again and again.”

Dupuis has been a Metro bus driver since 1999.

After shooting Dupuis, Duckworth led Seattle police on a chase in downtown Seattle to another Metro bus a couple of blocks away, where officers made a split-second decision to open fire despite the presence of passengers.

Duckworth was the only person hit in the barrage. He underwent surgery at Harborview Medical Center but died from his injuries about seven hours after he was shot.

Duckworth, who has been described as a street criminal, had a history of drug offenses and mental-health problems.

Seattle police did not release new information on the incident today, saying it remains under investigation.

Among the unanswered questions is how and where Duckworth obtained the revolver used to shoot Dupuis. No details have been disclosed about the weapon, which Duckworth was not allowed to carry as a felon.

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