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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A teenage girl who was riding a KCATA bus was taken to a hospital Tuesday evening in critical condition after being shot, but is said to be improving and expected to survive. Police say someone shot into the bus somewhere along 39th street.

The bus driver made a difficult decision to keep driving until he got to safety, and called 911 near 38th and Prospect. Some of the witnesses to the shooting were loaded on to another bus so police could talk to them.

Officers told FOX 4 they think the 15-year-old victim and the shooter know each other. They think the suspect was on foot, and fired into the bus as it passed. The bus driver is being praised for first finding a safe spot, and then dialing 911.

“It was a very smart move of course anytime you can move to a safe area we encourage that,” said KCPD Captain Derek McCollum.

Officers will review any surveillance video from area business that may have captured the shooting, including bus surveillance video. If you know anything about the shooting, you’re urged to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.