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Ohio bus driver shooting where religious book stopped bullets is probed as possible hate crime

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This undated photo provided by the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) shows bus driver Rickey Wagoner. Wagoner, 49, of Trotwood, told Dayton police he was standing outside the bus early Monday morning, Feb. 24, 2014, when he was shot three times, with one bullet hitting his leg, and stabbed in the arm. Wagoner told police he fought back, grabbed the gun and the attackers ran away. A biblical booklet in Wagoner's shirt pocket apparently helped him survive the shooting. Police say they are looking for three suspects. (AP Photo/Greater Dayton RTA via The Dayton Daily News) LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUT (The Associated Press)

Authorities are investigating whether the shooting of a bus driver who says a book of Bible verses in his pocket helped stop two bullets was a hate crime.

Dayton 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 tells police he was outside his bus early Monday when three black men shot him. Another bullet hit his leg, and he says he was also stabbed in the arm.

Police have recovered a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a knife.

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