VTA employee struck in back by arrow in San Jose

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – A VTA bus operator was shot in the back with a bow and arrow in San Jose on Tuesday, according to authorities.

Officials are now offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

Around, 2:30 p.m., the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the 2600 block of Sierra Grande Way at South Capitol Avenue.

Deputies say the employee was walking in a residential neighborhood when an arrow hit him in the back.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated. VTA officials say he had surgery and has since been released and is recovering.

A $3,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a suspects arrest.

The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office is investigating this as a possible hate crime.

At this point, it is unclear if it was shot by a tradition bow or a cross bow.

Deputy Russell Davis would not specify the reason it’s considered a possible hate crime but the driver’s union president confirmed that the worker is Sikh.

The VTA spokesperson says patrols have been boosted at the Alum Rock Transit Hub.

If you have any information or witnessed that incident, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (408) 808-4500 or at the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431.

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