JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A school bus driver here acted quickly on Wednesday to get medical attention for a student who was shot near his bus stop, police told The Florida Times-Union.
Police told the news source that the boy, 17, was shot in the chest at about 6:15 a.m. as he walked to his bus stop. The bus driver, whom police didn’t identify, drove him to a nearby fire station.
A police lieutenant credited the driver with potentially saving the boy’s life, according to The Florida Times-Union. The boy’s father told the newspaper that his son was suffering from a collapsed lung, but was out of surgery.
Doug Coupe, spokesman for Student Transportation Inc., the school bus company that owns the bus, said that the driver “did a remarkable job” and “acted swiftly making a split-second decision focusing on the safety and well-being of the student and other passengers on the bus,” The Florida Times-Union reports.
Diana Greene, the superintendent for Duval County Public Schools, told the newspaper that she appreciated that the driver followed all protocols: calling the transportation department, getting the student to a medical facility that could provide medical attention as soon as possible, and making sure that the other students aboard were OK.
Police are looking for the shooter or shooters, who drove off in a dark car, according to the newspaper.
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