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King County Metro bus driver who was injured during the Lake City shooting sensation spoke to the media Friday and described the moments when a gunman opened fire on his bus full of passengers and how he steered it away from it suspects.

Operator Eric Stark, 53, is still recovering from his injuries at Harborview Medical Center.

" I feel quite good indeed, " said Stark before pointing to his wounds. " I'm a little tired and a little sore but I'm fine. "

Stark drove route 75 Wednesday afternoon when he saw a man driving to the bus stop when he approached the bus zone.

" He tripped and fell and face-planted the pavement. And I just thought Oh no, the guy is probably injured. I'll probably call and He must have medical help. He hit the ground hard " Stark said. " He came into a shooting position and took a very calm, and then I heard the gun's report and then the glass came through the windshield and felt the ball hit me. "

He described the moment he was shot as " surreal. "

" That was when I said out loud:" I think I was shot & [394501

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After he was hit, Stark went behind the box to cover himself.

" I came down and thought of a two-second rating:" Okay, I can breathe, I can move my fingers and toes, I can see, I can think and I can talk. Because I said some things loudly and I'm like & # 39; OK, that's good enough, we come out here, he said.

Stark hit the emergency alarm button, put the bus in reverse and back it up. When he ruled, he reported on transit that he had been shot.

" I was physically able to get out of there, and that's what I just focused on getting us out of there. Get as far away as possible and then I worry about later, " he said.

Several local leaders praised Stark as a hero for his quick actions and got the 12 passengers on his bus for safety.

" Eric Stark demonstrated extraordinary heroism today as he took quick action while being wounded to steer his Metro bus and passengers for safety. The entire King County family supports his rapid recovery and we take care of life lost in this horrible event, [194590010] said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Stark said he wanted to get back to work as soon as possible.

" I'm sure I get introverted about it later, but that doesn't make me scared, " he said. " Of course, it's a little disturbing, but I'm ok. "

RAW: Bus driver injured in Lake City shooting, speaks from hospital hire


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