“It didn’t go through,’’ said 63-year-old Bradley of the .380-caliber bullet that hit his right hand. “But it was painful. I’ve never been shot before. It’s a bad feeling.’’
Bradley had just dropped his last Kate S. Buckingham Special Education Center student off Wednesday at a home near 51st Street and Indiana Avenue when he saw a bunch of kids outside the bus while slowing down approaching a red light at 61st Street and King Drive. Then, the noise.
“I heard rapid fire at the bus. For a while I didn’t know they were shooting at the bus because I couldn’t imagine somebody shooting at the bus,’’ said Bradley, who has worked for Sunrise Transportation for the last eight years since losing his job at Sara Lee when that company left town.
Bradley said he remembers feeling a “stinging’’ in his right hand as a window on the right side shattered when bullets smashed through it.
The kids on the street “took off” running when the firing started about 4:30 p.m.
Bradley, still holding the wheel of the bus, drove into the intersection to try and get away but stopped there because the pain became too much.
The only other person on the bus, attendant Wayne Lucas, 54, was not hurt. “He’s my best attendant. He did everything he could,’’ Bradley said.
Bradley had the presence of mind to quickly call his base at Sunrise to tell them what happened. “They were more panicky than I was,’’ he said, chuckling.
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and he was taken to the hospital, where doctors removed the bullet and placed a cast on his hand, but kept his fingers free.
“They want my fingers moving," he said. “They say it will heal."
When Clementine Bradley got a phone call yesterday afternoon from Sunrise saying that her husband was shot while driving his school bus, she thought the worst.