A TTC bus driver shot in the face on Saturday by someone using an air gun is thankful to be alive.
“I’m really grateful it wasn’t a bullet,” said Alexandra Stoeckle, who had just reported for duty and was standing at a bus shelter at Markham Road and Progress Avenue in Scarborough.
She was on her phone checking on the status of her bus at 6:20 p.m. It was scheduled to arrive at the stop at 6:23 p.m., when Stoeckle would take over from the previous driver.
Then it happened.
“I was just standing there and I felt something start hitting my chest. I looked up and got hit right in the face before it registered,” said Stoeckle, who’s been a bus driver for the last 16 months.