Four children were injured after a dog attacked Wednesday morning while they were boarding a school bus in Prince George's County.
The kids were boarding the school bus just before 8 a.m. in the 12300 block of Windbrook Drive in Clinton, Md., when the dog, believed to be an adult American bulldog, got on the bus behind them.
Once the dog got on the bus, officials said it attacked four students and scratched them. One of the kids and the dog then exited the bus. That child was bitten by the dog.
Richon Ray, a fifth-grader, was one of the children attacked on the bus. "I was terrified," he said, recounting the attack. He was bitten five times.
Mikhail Andrews was the student attacked while getting off the bus. Afterwards, he had a puncture mark through his jeans and blood on his shirt. "Dogs they smell fear," Andrews said, "so I was scared."
Ray 11-year-old child was transported to Southern Maryland Hospital, where he received stitches for what his mother described as a pretty big gash, NBC Washington's Kimberly Suiters reported. It will take 24-48 hours to determine whether the dog had rabies.
Residents in the neighborhood said they had never seen the dog before today.
Officers were able to contain the dog, which was killed with three shots there at the scene.
Hilda Warren was an adult witness to the attack. "I was standing in the door, and I said shoot him shoot him, he had to take 'em down," Warren said. "He shot in front of kids."
Children hailed the bus driver as a hero, Suiters reported. He kicked the dog to get it off the bus, they said.
Initial reports were that the dog was a pit bull, but officials later clarified the information.
Investigators are still trying to find out the identity of the dog's owner.