Seven TransJakarta Bus Stations Damaged in Vandalism Spree

By webadmin on 04:03 pm Aug 05, 2012
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Bayu Marhaenjati

Vandals shot seven TransJakarta bus stops with an airsoft gun late Saturday night, damaging the windows of stations along Jalan M.T. Haryono, police said on Sunday.

The unidentified shooter opened fire on the empty bus stations at 11:30 p.m., East Jakarta Police crime unit chief Adj. Sr. Comr Dian Perry told the Jakarta Globe’s sister publication Beritasatu.com.

No one was injured, Dian said.

“According to the information we have obtained, the perpetrator was in a car. We suspected that the perpetrator was using an air rifle because there were no gunshot sounds,” Dian said.

The suspect allegedly began the vandalism spree by shooting the windows of the Cawang Otista busway stop before moving along the road to hit six other stations. The unknown vandal reportedly pulled a U-turn at Pancoran, South Jakarta, and shot the other side of the bus stations.

“We reported [the shootings] to the police, as soon as it happened. I don’t know exactly what kind of weapon [the suspect] was using,” TransJakarta chairman Muhammad Akbar said.
 
TransJakarta officials were unable to see what type of vehicle was used in the attacks. The bus stations are equipped with security cameras, but they are trained on the passenger waiting area, not the outside of the stations.

“We will remain vigilant and work together with locals in the area to assist our security measures,” Akbar said.

Police were questioning witnesses on Sunday, but have not named a suspect, Dian said.

“We are still questioning witnesses. We hope we can solve the case soon. Once we got an identification we will make an arrest,” he said.