Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Buses for Apple employees 'attacked' with pellet guns, company suspects

Buses for Apple employees 'attacked' with pellet guns, company suspects

A source tells us that due to the nature of how the windows were impacted, some suspect the weapon being used could be a BB or pellet gun. There have been four reports at least regarding broken windows on January 16 and January 12.

Authorities were unsure if the buses were being targeted as they were unmarked, Montiel added. Anything thrown or shot at a bus with enough force to break its windows is a safety concern that puts passengers at risk of serious injury.

"It could have been a pellet gun, but what we do know is it was not a high-powered rifle or anything like that", Montiel said. The windows of the buses were smashed in the incident and although, no casualty was reported.

All of the incidents happened on Tuesday on Interstate 280 between Highway 84 near Woodside and Highway 85 near Cupertino.

Apple told staff that its commuter buses would be diverted away from the I-280 highway until further notice. The route change "could mean an additional 30 to 40 minutes of commute time in each direction for some riders", the email explained. Google, too, is rerouting its shuttles from the highway as a result. It's unclear if the attack, which broke a window on the bus, was carried out by the same perpetrator.

The CHP is working with Apple on the investigation. Mashable obtained the email and has verified its authenticity.

No one was hurt in any of the incidents, but the CHP is taking this very seriously and are out patrolling for whoever is responsible because this is a very reckless thing to do.

Protesters in San Francisco, where tax incentives have lured Twitter, Yelp, Spotify and other tech firms, have previously targeted shuttle buses ferrying employees to and from Silicon Valley, saying technology workers were driving up rents and increasing the income divide. Four years ago, Google buses were attacked in protests against gentrification and increasing living costs amplified by the presence of tech companies.

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