TCU shuttle bus driver arrested after shooting at another driver

A TCU shuttle bus driver was arrested Tuesday morning after shooting at another shuttle driver.

Officials said two contracted employees of the Roadrunner Shuttle service the university uses got into an argument about 7 a.m. Tuesday, leading to one of the drivers shooting at the other.

Fort Worth police arrested 52-year-old Eric Hampton on assault charges after a road rage dispute. Police say after shooting at under shuttle bus driver, he got back into his shuttle and drove away from the scene, causing the TCU campus to go into lockdown. Police found Hampton about an hour after the incident occurred.

Police say the shuttle bus driver who was shot at only suffered minor injuries when Hampton bumped him with his shuttle as he drove away.

While the situation was unfolding, the campus was placed on lockdown. Until students got the all clear and learned what had actually happened, the fear was real.

"When I first heard about it, it was pure terror,” said student Elizabeth Campbell. “People were talking about where they were hiding. They were calling their moms, and their moms were calling them frantically."

“We avoided a situation that could've been much worse,” said Fort Worth PD Chief Joel Fitzgerald.

Hampton is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for having a weapon on school property. TCU says only police are allowed to carry a gun on campus.

The university will take new precautions immediately. TCU’s First Associate Chancellor of Public Safety Adreian Andrews said they plan to temporarily have armed and unarmed guards on the shuttles to reassure students and staff.

“This is an anomaly and you can't always plan for an anomaly,” he explained.

Classes on campus resumed at noon on Tuesday.

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