Driver miraculously survives shot in the head in front of children on school bus

The driver of a school bus miraculously survived after getting shot in the head in front of terrified school children who were on board at the time.

He was rushed to hospital by paramedics while the three children were taken home by police officers after the incident in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on Wednesday, (February 9).

Police said the three young onboard the bus at the time of the shooting, which took place at around 2.16pm, were each under the age of 10 and unhurt.

Officers from the assault unit, shoot team, and crime lab are investigating, according to reports in the US.

Reports also suggest that police are declining to release the identity of the victim because of the violent nature of the crime.

Footage and pictures show the bus with a single bullet hole in the windscreen on the driver's side.

No arrests have been made.

Metropolitan Transportation Network, the company that operates the bus, said the driver’s family is with him at the hospital. They also confirmed that the students who were on his bus eventually made it home safe.

Council Member LaTrisha Vetaw said parents shouldn’t have to worry about their children riding in school buses.

“As parents, you give [your children] up. You send them to school, and they should come home the way you sent them,” Vetaw said.

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In a separate incident in the city, a teen was shot two hours prior to the bus incident, in the north of the city. A source told WCCO that the victim is a high school student and that he is in a grave condition.

Minneapolis Public Schools released a statement Wednesday evening about the shootings. A spokesperson said: "Our MPS community is grieving tonight after one of our students and one of our bus drivers were the victims of gun violence in two separate incidents.

"Investigations are currently underway and until we have more information, we are not sharing specifics.

"For now, we recognize the deep impact this has on our students, staff and families. Our thoughts tonight are especially with the victims’ families during this difficult time."

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