A bus driver attacked by a group of teenagers survives getting shot in the chest because of a Bible kept in his jacket pocket.
People often hear of a bulletproof vest protecting victims that suffer bullets to the chest but it was a New Testament Bible that saved Ohio bus driver Rickey Wagoner who was attacked Monday morning.
Wagoner, 49, a city bus driver in Dayton Ohio began to experience electrical problems with the vehicle. He pulled over the vehicle to the side of the road at about 5:20 a.m. and shortly after was approached by three teenage boys.
According to reports, three gunshots were fired at Wagoner. Two were aimed at his chest, and a third struck his leg. Wagoner fought back and managed to wrestle the pistol from one of the teens after being shot in the chest, but the gun went off during the squabble.
A second teen then stabbed him in the arm with a knife while the other teen kicked and punched him.
WHIO-TV reports that he teens allegedly told were "kill the polar bear" in order to be "all the way in the club."
Wagoner eventually pulled out an aluminum pen that he carried for self-defense and stabbed one of teen attackers in the leg. The three then began to run away, leaving the pistol behind. Wagoner then called 911.
"I've been hit in the leg," he reportedly told the dispatcher. "My chest feels like I've been hit with a sledgehammer."
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The bus driver was struck in the chest twice by bullets, but he soon discovered that his Bible saved his life.
"I've got a book in my pocket, and I don't think they made it through this book," he said.
Dayton police concurred that the Bible was stopped the bullets saving Wagoner's life and that God was looking out for Wagoner. Police are still looking for the attackers.
"The two bullets were stopped by the New Testament book in his chest pocket," Sgt. Michael Pauley told reporters. "There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident, because he probably should not be here."
Wagoner was taken to the hospital and is currently hospitalized, but he did not suffer any life-threatening wounds.
Wagoner allegedly said that he had just started carrying his Bible in his pocket a week before the incident.