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Ferguson shot three teenagers on a SEPTA bus. Credit: Shannon Jensen

An off-duty Penn security guard has been charged with multiple counts of assault after a shooting last month and was arrested Tuesday morning.

Allied Universal Security Solutions security guard Brandon Ferguson, 24, who typically guards Penn’s Upper Quad Gate, said he used a licensed gun and acted in self-defense after three teens attacked him on a SEPTA bus on April 16, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.  

Nearly a month after the incident, Ferguson was arrested and charged with four counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person. Surveillance camera footage appeared to show Ferguson inciting the argument, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney Office.

The shooting took place around 1 a.m. on the Route 58 SEPTA bus as it traveled through Oxford Circle in Northeast Philadelphia.

The three teens, ages 15, 16, and 17, were hospitalized after sustaining leg injuries and another female bus passenger suffered a graze wound in the shooting. Police said all four passengers are recovering and in stable condition, CBSPhilly reported

At the time of shooting, Ferguson told police officers that he had been attacked by the teens and presented them with his concealed carry permit. 

Ferguson was released on a $250,000 unsecured bail at the request of the District Attorney’s office on the condition he turn over his firearms to the police, which included an AR-15 rifle, two handguns, and ammunition according to DA office spokesperson Jane Roh. 

According to the Inquirer, Ferguson was placed on leave by his employer following the incident.


This is a developing story that was last updated at 11:53 p.m on May 13. Please check back here for updates.

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