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MTA bus driver guns down ex-girlfriend and her daughter

An off-duty MTA bus driver shot his ex-girlfriend and her daughter to death and then blasted himself in the head — leaving a 1-year-old girl crying in a Bronx bloodbath.

Baby Abigail wasn’t hit by gunfire, but will face a lifetime of heartache. Her mother was one of the women killed around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday inside an apartment in Soundview.

Police said Jorge Vega, 52, whipped out a gun and shot the former girlfriend, Susan Trivino, in the head. Trivino, 54, was also a city bus driver. She died at the scene, police said.

Suchari Guzman, 29, was shot in the chest and died at Jacobi Medical Center. She was Abigail’s mom.

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Police said Vega then shot himself inside the women’s home on E. 174th St. near Cross Ave. He was in critical condition late Wednesday.

“I have to go up to see my daughter’s body!” Trivino’s grief-stricken mother Blanca Pinto screamed outside the 12-story apartment building Wednesday evening.

“He killed my daughter and my granddaughter!”

Jorge Vega pulled out a gun and shot his former girlfriend and her daughter in a domestic dispute, police said.

Jorge Vega pulled out a gun and shot his former girlfriend and her daughter in a domestic dispute, police said.


Clutching relatives for support, Pinto broke down in tears when asked about Vega, whom she said was a police officer in Puerto Rico before coming to New York and joining the MTA.

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“I warned her so many times about that evil man!” she said, tears running down her cheeks.

Evette Trivino said her sister Susan and Vega had been dating on and off, but her sibling recently ended their volatile love affair.

“He loved her and she left him,” she said.

Vega killed the two women during a domestic dispute, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

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Despite relatives’ claims of a relationship between the suspected gunman and Trivino, a woman who identified herself as Vega’s wife in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx said the bus drivers were not involved. She told the Daily News she had been looking for Vega.

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Medics rushed all three victims — a man and a woman in their 40s and a woman in her 30s — to area hospitals but they could not be saved, police said.

(Andrew Savulich/New York Daily News)

“Oh, my God,” she said repeatedly, as she leaned against a door frame. “I’ve been trying to call him.”

The woman, who didn’t identify herself by name, said she recognized Trivino.

“I’ve seen her before when I drop my husband off at work,” she said, adding that they were co-workers — not dating.

Emergency workers carried little Abigail from the apartment and took her to Jacobi as a precaution.

“They brought out the baby wrapped in a yellow blanket,” said witness Ronisha Roderick, 32. “She had a little teddy bear and a pacifier.”

Cops recovered a 9-mm. pistol at the scene.

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Blanca Pino, left, the mother of shooting victim Susan Trivino, and Susan Trivino’s brother-in-law Ricardo Caceres, arrive at the Bronx apartment building after the shooting Wednesday.

(James Keivom/New York Daily News)

Richie Cicardo, 24, Trivino’s youngest son, was found in the apartment after the shooting and briefly detained.

“I went to take the elevator, but it was broken, so I took the stairs,” Genesis Chevaliera, 18, said. “I opened the door on the 11th floor and saw all these cops and (Cicardo) was on the floor. They were putting the cuffs on him.”

Cops initially thought Cicardo was the shooter, but quickly realized he actually walked into the apartment as neighbors called 911.

“(Cicardo) was crying,” Roderick said. “He was really upset.”

Trivino’s family said Vega had a drinking problem and had just resigned from his $ 70,000-a-year job at the MTA a week ago.

Despite the apparent downward spiral, they couldn’t comprehend why he would kill two generations of the same family — in front of the third.

“(Jorge) was supposedly her boyfriend,” said a shocked Ricardo Caceres, Trivino’s brother-in-law. “Susan was a beautiful person. She was a hard worker her entire life.”

The victims were new tenants to the building — but someone, possibly Cicardo, may have tried to seek help from his neighbors moments before the killing.

Chevaliera, who lives on the 12th floor, heard a pounding on her door around the time of the gunfire.

The MTA and the Transport Workers Union Local 100 did not comment on the killing.

The double murder comes as the NYPD marked another drop in homicides. As of Tuesday night, only two murders had occurred in the five boroughs this year — a 75% decline from the eight killings detectives had investigated this time last year, cops said.

The NYPD ended 2017 with 290 homicides — the lowest recorded in the city since 1951.


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