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School Bus Driver Describes Being Shot By Stray Gunfire

Bus driver Joe Bradley was hit by a bullet Wednesday as he was taking his empty vehicle back to base. (CBS)

Bus driver Joe Bradley was hit by a bullet Wednesday as he was taking his empty vehicle back to base. (CBS)

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(CBS) – Joe Bradley has seen a lot in his days driving Chicago Public Schools students, but never a day like Wednesday.

“They’ve thrown rocks and snowballs at the bus before,” he tells CBS 2’s Brad Edwards. “But they’ve never shot at the bus.”

Bradley had just dropped his last student off near 51st Street and Indiana Avenue when he saw a group near the intersection of 61st Street and King Drive.

“All the sudden I heard some rapid fire – pop, pop, pop, pop!” Bradley says. “Then, I heard a funny sounding ‘bing!,’ and it ricocheted and hit me.”

He’s now nursing a heavily bandaged hand wound.

It could have been worse. Bradley says the bullet though zipped by his head and that of his bus aide.

“I’m hit, but I’m still thankful,” he says.

Chicago police say they don’t believe Bradley was the target. No suspects are in custody.