Updated: 7:03 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 | Posted: 6:10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
By Breaking News Staff
A Dayton RTA bus driver was involved in a shooting this morning and police say some sort of “intervention” may have saved his life.
A New Testament bible in the front pocket of the RTA bus driver’s coat or shirt took two bullets that suspects had aimed at the victim’s chest.
Police and medics were first dispatched to the area of Lakeview Avenue and Lakeside Drive off of Gettysburg Avenue. An RTA bus driver told police he had been shot by three males who fled the scene.
The bus driver had stopped his bus on Lakeview Avenue after it had stopped running. As he was outside of the bus assessing how to fix the problem, the three suspects came up to him. The suspects had at least one gun and a knife. The suspects then fired shots at the driver and stabbed him.
The driver got back in the bus and drove to the Westown Shopping Center on West 3rd Street, where medics met him. The victim was taken to the hospital, but is expected to be okay, police said.
The driver was shot once in the leg, twice in the chest area and had a stab wound to his arm, police said.
Police said the suspects are three young, black males, possibly in their 20s.
An investigation around the area of the shooting closed Lakeview Avenue between Germantown Pike and Dennison Avenue closed until around 6:40 a.m.
Police continue to investigate the motive shooting, they do not believe it was an attempted robbery. (Source)
From another Dayton news source:
RTA driver shot and stabbed
By Dave Robinson Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014, 7:06 am
Published: Monday, February 24, 2014, 6:18 am
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)
An RTA bus driver was shot and stabbed when he was attacked by three teenagers this morning.
The driver stopped his bus on Lakeview Avenue just before 5:30 to fix a mechanical problem when police said when he was confronted by the teens.
He told police the last thing he remembers is one of his attackers saying, “it’s time to kill a polar bear to get into a club.”
He was stabbed in the arm and shot once in the leg and twice in the chest, yet managed to fight off the teens and grab the gun.
Investigators told 2 NEWS a New Testament book in the victim’s shirt pocket deflected the bullets and saved his life.
Officers said he’s in good condition and is expected to survive.
The suspects were seen leaving the area in a blue car. (Source)