DAYTON, OH (CBS/WHIO) -- 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 shirt pocket took two bullets that suspects had aimed at the victim's chest.
The bullets did not penetrate into the victim's chest, police said.
"There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident because he (the driver) should probably not be here," said Dayton Police Sgt. Michael Pauley.
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.
The bus driver had parked 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 and said they had to "shoot a polar bear," police said.
The suspects had at least one gun and a knife. Three shots were fired, one striking the driver in the leg and the other two penetrating the bible in his chest pocket. The suspects also stabbed the victim on the left arm, police said.
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.
Police said the suspects are three young, black males, possibly between the ages of 15 to 18 years old.
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, which they do not believe was an attempted robbery.