We’re pretty certain there were other ways this fool could have gone home to prison.
Fueled by dangerous paranoia following his release from prison, Damel Burton, 34, carried out a psychotic 15-minute spree that left two people dead and sent terrified passengers stampeding off a Q111 bus, police sources said.
The madman told cops he believed the commuters were plotting against him.
“People on the bus were on the phone and he thought they were talking about him,” a police source said.
Burton began his horrific spree by fatally shooting Keith Murrell, 18, in the chest in the apartment they shared with Murrell’s mother on Foch Blvd. in Jamaica, police sources said.
The gunman, who had grown increasingly unhinged following a seven-year prison stint for armed robbery, then boarded the bus and randomly shot innocent commuter Marvin Gikes, 36, in the back of the head, police sources said. He collapsed on the bus’ rear steps and died.
Next, the gunman blasted commuter Jojuan Lipsey, 29, in the face as screaming passengers ran for their lives, sources said.
Lipsey, a state-employed counselor for developmentally disabled patients, was heading home from work to see his wife and kids when a bullet tore through his mouth.
“He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said his mother-in-law, Catherine Baynes. “You don’t expect anything like that to come so close to home.”
Lipsey underwent surgery at Jamaica Hospital and is expected to survive.
The bus bloodbath came shortly after Burton and Murrell got into a confrontation in their second-floor apartment, their friends said.
After Burton blasted him in his chest, the dying teen stumbled into his room and locked the door to get away from the crazed killer.
Murrell managed to leap out the window and run to a nearby Royal Fried Chicken store to get help. He collapsed outside the chicken joint and later died at Jamaica Hospital.
“He was running over here and he fell to the corner,” shaken store clerk Ali Nasery, 27, recalled.
Burton raced out of the apartment after his first killing, but police sources said he dropped a damaging clue — an identification card, which police found along with several 9-mm. bullets.
Fewer than 15 minutes later he boarded the bus, opening fire as it rumbled near the intersection of Archer Ave. and Parsons Blvd.
Chaos erupted as the gunfire sent about 50 panicked passengers rushing for the front of the bus and screaming for the driver to open the doors, the rattled driver told the Daily News.
“They just wanted to get out,” the 57-year-old driver said. “It was panic, crazy. I couldn’t believe it.
“It sounded like the Fourth of July,” he added.
He said passengers were screaming, “Let me out, let me out,” as they ran for cover.
After unleashing the insanity, the suspect ran off the bus, but only made it a block away before police captured him. He was still carrying a semi-automatic 9-mm. Ruger pistol, the sources said.
Police charged him with second-degree murder, gun possession and assault.
Can you imagine how that poor boy’s mother must feel about bringing this psycho into her children’s lives??