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Gunman Opens Fire On Night Bus, Killing One

A woman has been killed and two other people are seriously injured after a gunman opened fire on a packed Greyhound bus in California.

The bus was travelling from Los Angeles to San Francisco when the suspect opened fire.

The shooting took place shortly before 1.30am local time in the small community of Lebec, 110km northwest of Los Angeles.

Police said the bus driver pulled over onto the shoulder of the highway and managed to force the killer off before driving to a nearby petrol station car park.

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According to California Highway Patrol Sergeant Brian Pennings, the suspect was arrested. His motive was not immediately known.

The passenger who was shot dead has been identified as a 51-year-old woman from Colombia.

The two injured victims were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The bus was travelling along a mountainous stretch of the highway with 43 people on board when the gunman opened fire.

"The driver of the bus immediately pulled to the right shoulder and somehow - we're still trying to figure out to how this happened - were able to coerce the suspect off of the bus," Pennings said.

"His actions were very appropriate and one could say heroic," Pennings said.

Highway patrol officers found the suspect a few minutes later. A handgun believed to have been used in the shooting had been left on the bus, according to police.

With AAP.

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