Shooting Aboard Party Bus Leaves 2 Dead, 3 Children Fatherless, Suspect Hospitalized


GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA — Three young children were left fatherless following a shooting aboard a rented “Party Bus” shortly before 9:00 pm Friday night. The bus, operated by Clipper Gang Elite Transportation of Durham, was traveling on the Interstate near Greensboro at the time of the incident. Other motorist called 911 to report the bus swerving erratically.

It is believed that Willie Johnston, the owner of the rental company, was driving at the time. After getting the bus stopped, he ran from it and called 911 and reported that one of the passengers started shooting.

Johnson’s son, 21-year-old Keyshawn Cooley, was killed, leaving behind a 5-month-old daughter. Randy Hargraves also died, leaving his 1 and 2-year-old children fatherless.

The suspect was hospitalized in stable condition and is the person who rented the bus, according to the owner. It is believed that 10-12 shots were fired. It is not known what led to the incident, or if the suspect was the only person who was armed and discharged his firearm. What is known is that the resulting chaos aboard the bus endangered the lives of dozens of motorists who shared the highway with it at the time, and of course the others on the bus.

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Edgar Lee is a contributor for Concealed Nation. After spending 20 years in the fire service, he is currently in his second career as a business and technology manager, and he and his wife are successful small business owners.

Outside of work his interests include camping, hiking, fishing, metal detecting, home improvement projects and motorcycling. He also enjoys reading biographies and auto biographies, military history, and writing about modern-day personal safety and security. He has visited much of the continental US, but still considers his home state of North Carolina as his favorite.

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