San Jose police said Cathaline Repunte, 45, was taken into custody after she had given up her gun to another employee, Gregory A. Lee, who then restrained her until the first officers arrived on the scene.
"He saved a lot of lives," declared officer Rubens Dalaison.
The shootings took place at the Laidlaw Transit Services yard shortly before 6 a.m. About 30 employees witnessed the shootings and were bused to police headquarters for questioning.
"I saw her hand out," driver Jesus Ante told the San Francisco Chronicle. "She had a gun in her hand shooting."
One man, identified only as a driver who had trained Repunte, was found dead. Another man and two women suffered wounds that were not considered life threatening.
Since the yard was considered a crime scene, none of the 33 buses were allowed to go out on their routes, leaving some 1,500 students looking for alternative ways to get to school, the Chronicle said.
Laidlaw employees said they had little insight into any possible motive for the shootings. They described Repunte as generally quiet, although they said she was a strict enforcer of rules on her bus.
"She came in, got her keys and drove out," Ante said. "At the end of the day she would come back, turn in her keys and go home."
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