NJ police seek public's help in finding shooter

March 10, 2010 2:33:40 PM PST
Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man who shot and robbed a minibus driver, then stole the vehicle and ran him over, leaving him paralyzed. Humberto's body is in very bad shape. His colon is severely damaged, he's lost a kidney, and his spinal cord is severed, and he's paralyzed from the waist down.

What is important, is finding the passenger who did all of thes to the jitney bus driver of 11 years.

"Some individual pulled out a gun, and shot a man in his back as he was trying to get away and ran him over," said Chief Thomas Comey of the Jersey City Police.

The incident took place last Friday.

Surveillance video shows Humberto lying helplessly at the intersection of Summit Ave. and Pavonia Street. When the bus is stopped, police say a young Latino male waited until the end of the bus route to rob Humberto.

"He said close the door I have an automatic weapon," said Humberto from his hospital bed.

Humberto's midnight route runs through Hudson County from the George Washington Bridge to Jersey City.

Investigators believe the suspect got on the bus on Palisade and 2nd Avenue. Humberto was suspicious of him the whole time.

"He felt that even though he did give the money to the guy, that he was going to kill him," said Kimberly, Humberto's sister-in-law.

There were four other passengers on the bus, with this suspect. And that's who police are looking for. They hope they can help identify who shot and ran over Humberto. There is a $4000 reward.

Two thousand of which has been donated but other angry and anxious jitney bus drivers.

"I'm upset because this shouldn't happen," said Manny Suarez.

Neither Humberto nor his relatives are revealing their entire names, because they are afraid of the suspect who is still at large. Family members describe him as a hardworking, churchgoing Ecuadoran immigrant who lives in Guttenberg with his wife and 6-year-old son.