A woman who raged about Nazis and killed a fellow passenger on a city bus before police shot her to death was described by neighbors as a troubled person whose parents survived the Holocaust.
Esther Rachel Rogers, 42, armed with a .357-caliber Magnum, held off authorities for three hours until early Thursday when deputy sheriffs stormed a Southern California Rapid Transit District bus and killed her.The incident began when Rogers shot a 30-year-old French national to death as the bus traveled through Beverly Hills. The man's name was withheld until his family could be notified, said coroner's spokesman Bob Dambacher.
The bus rolled to a stop as the shooting began, and the 20 or so passengers, including the victim, scrambled out. His body lay just outside the bus during the standoff, and he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Rogers and her victim, who lived in Los Angeles, had been sitting near the back of the bus, Beverly Hills police Lt. Frank Salcido said.
"She had been displaying the gun, waving the gun in a threatening manner for a while, and what provoked her into shooting this guy we don't know," he said.