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2/25/2014 (1 year ago)

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Ohio bus driver's life spared in gang-related shooting

Many have given testimony that the Bible has saved people's lives. This is certainly true for 49-year-old bus driver Rickey Wagoner of Trotwood, Ohio. His New Testament bible in his chest pocket was all that separated him from certain death in a gang-related shooting, after the projectiles went into the Good Book - sparing Wagoner's life.

Police say the shooting may have been a gang initiation. Bus driver Rickey Wagoner told investigators that one of the suspects said 'we need to shot a polar bear to get in a club.'

Police say the shooting may have been a gang initiation. Bus driver Rickey Wagoner told investigators that one of the suspects said "we need to shot a polar bear to get in a club."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/25/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Bible, gang attack, miracle, Ohio


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Wagoner is currently recovering in the hospital after being shot at point blank range in an unprovoked, random attack that has been linked to a gang initiation ceremony.

Assaulted by three men while he stood beside his bus in the early hours of Monday morning, three shots were fired at Wagoner. One struck him in the right leg; two others were fired at his chest.

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The New Testament Bible in his breast pocket absorbed the two bullets aimed at his chest.

"There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident, because he probably should not be here," Sergeant Michael Pauley of the Dayton Police Department says.

A police report indicated that the rounds were nestled inside "The Message," a version of the New Testament written in contemporary language, which Wagoner kept in the left breast pocket of his shirt.

Police say the shooting may have been a gang initiation. Wagoner told investigators that one of the suspects said "we need to shot a polar bear to get in a club."

"Polar bear hunting" is gang slang for a random attack on an unsuspecting victim.

His attackers are described as young black males, likely in their late teens. Wagoner said they fled in a dark-colored 1990s model Ford.

The suspects approached him as he was trying to repair a malfunction with his bus, according to Wagoner.

Two shots were fired at Wagoner's chest and then he wrestled the gun from the shooter. Another round was fired into his leg during their struggle.

Another suspect stabbed Wagoner in the left arm with a knife. Wagoner then pulled an aluminum pen from his pocket and struck out.

"I stabbed one in the leg with my pen," Wagoner told dispatchers. "He hollered and that's when they all ran."

No arrests have yet been made in the incident.

Wagoner's son Rickey Wagoner Jr. wrote on Facebook on Monday afternoon, "Dad is doing [well] now and my family and I are just lucky he is still alive."

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