Javon Mills, a 17-year-old high school student in Jacksonville, was walking to school Wednesday when he was shot in the chest. His life might have been saved by a quick-thinking bus driver, according to the sheriff’s office.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the teen was walking to a bus stop at 6:15 a.m. when “a black vehicle approached and opened fire on him.”
Javon was hit once and was able to stagger onto the bus. The driver took him to a local fire station, where he was transported to a hospital and admitted in critical condition.
Deputies said they were not given a description of the shooter. As to the unidentified bus driver’s actions: “Very likely saved his life,” the department said in a tweet.
WJXT News 4 Jax reports that Javon attends Westside High School. Doctors performed surgery but were not able to remove the bullet lodged in his chest. But he is recovering, his father, John Mills, told the station.
““I never, in a million years, would’ve thought my son (who was) going to school and at a bus stop would be shot, and they meant to kill him. There wasn’t a graze or none of that. They shot him right in his chest,” Mills told WJXT. “I’d like to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for saving my child and giving me another day with him.”
Rumors of an arrest circulated Thursday, but the sheriff’s department refuted them in a tweet.
“There is some info circulating that is incorrect in reference to the 17-year-old shot walking to the school bus yesterday. #JSO has not arrested anyone, there are no suspects in custody, and there is not a warrant for anyone in reference to the shooting.”
The investigation continues.