A man was shot by police Thursday morning after officers said he was walking down Pleasanton Rd just off Southcross on the south side randomly shooting at people with a handgun.
"What we had here, and I don't take the term lightly, was an active shooter in an open venue," McManus said.
He said at least eight shots were fired by the gunman, including at a man who was riding down Pleasanton Rd on a bicycle, and he also fired at a VIA bus with three passengers on board.
The man was cornered by officers in the parking lot of a building at Pleasanton and Gerald and was shot several times. He was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition.
"He had been shooting at people for blocks, and when the officers arrived, it was their intent to stop him from shooting as quickly as they could,' because obviously, people were in danger."
He said the actions of the officers showed 'great courage.'
An officer was hurt when a bullet shattered the windshield of his squad car.
Police have no motive for the scary incident. Amazingly, nobody else was hurt.