COPS IN ST. LOUIS are wondering if a savage daytime murder on Greyhound Bus had anything to do with the 10th anniversary of 9/11. On Friday, Mohamed "Crazy Mo" Dawod, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in the brutal execution style slaying of fellow bus passenger Justin Hall, 32, a father of three girls from Mount Vernon, Ohio. So far Dawod hasn't told detectives why he shot to death the amiable Hall. The pair did not know each other, although one witness said they may have had words in the Springfield, Missouri bus terminal but most reports denied this.
Both were en route from Amarillo, Texas to St. Louis and as they were reboarding the bus, Dawod pointed a .22 Sig Sauer handgun at the back of Hall's head and pulled the trigger. Two witnesses tackled the killer who tried to keep shooting. Under questioning, he claimed to not understand English or his rights.
His friend Patrick Beeman, who he was traveling with, said: "It's weird; I don't know how to feel. It's like a bad dream. He was the last guy in the world this should have happened to. All he did was listen, and smile, and laugh. He was just all around a great guy."
It's also more bad press for Greyhound. Three years ago a man was beheaded on a bus into western Canada by a psychopath. The victim's offense? He smiled.