UPDATE: FBI Helping Ohio Police in Bus Driver Shooting

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/26/2014 12:10 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The FBI is working with Dayton police in the investigation of the shooting of a bus driver who said a biblical book in his shirt pocket helped stop two of the bullets.

FBI spokesman Rick Smith said Wednesday that agents will help determine whether the shooting was a hate crime, a federal civil rights violation. Police planned a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

The 49-year-old driver told police he was outside his bus early Monday when three men shot at him three times, with one bullet hitting his leg. He was stabbed in the arm. He is expected to recover.

Rickey Wagoner, who is white, told police he heard one of the three black men saying they were there to "shoot a polar bear" - street lingo for a white person.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in southwest Ohio are looking for three men after the shooting of a bus driver they say survived with the apparent help of a biblical booklet in his shirt pocket.

The driver told police early Monday the men shot at him three times, with one shot hitting his leg. Forty-nine-year-old Rickey Wagoner told police he fought back, and the men ran away.

He said in a 911 call that his chest felt like he was hit by a sledgehammer, but that he didn't think the bullets got through the booklet in his shirt pocket. Dayton police say two small-caliber bullets hit the booklet called "The Message," which has Bible verses in contemporary language.

Wagoner is recovering in a hospital.

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