DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The FBI is assisting Dayton police in their investigation of the shooting of a bus driver who said a biblical book in his shirt pocket helped stop two of the bullets.
Police Chief Richard Biehl (BEEL) said Wednesday he contacted the FBI after reading the initial police report and becoming concerned about the possibility of a hate crime.
White bus driver Rickey Wagoner told police he was outside his bus early Monday when three black men shot at him with one bullet hitting his leg, He also said he was stabbed in the arm. The driver said he heard one man say he was there to "shoot a polar bear" — street lingo for a white person.
Police recovered a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a knife.