Horrific pictures show a father's brutal injuries after a yob hurled a brick at a bus - leaving him thinking he’d been fatally shot.
Peter Stevenson was travelling home from his own retirement party on the Number 12 bus as it went along West Derby Road in Liverpool at around 11.05pm.
The missile was thrown through a window and hit him on the head, leaving him in the hands of a kind-hearted stranger known only as John, who stayed with Mr Stevenson until 3am.
Peter Stevenson was hit in the head with a brick thrown through the window of a Liverpool bus as he made his way home from his own retirement party
Such was the force of the impact, the 60-year-old says he 'thought he’d been shot' and at one point even believed he was going to die.
'I was just sat on the bus, the last thing I remember is that we went past a speed camera, and then there was just this bang and I felt the pain.
'It sounds dramatic but I thought that I’d been shot.
'The window is shatterproof glass so it didn’t make a smashing sound, it was just a bang.
'I screamed out in pain and stood up and a man behind me grabbed me and told me to sit down and helped to stem the bleeding.
'This sounds dramatic but when I looked down the only way I can describe what I saw was like a river of blood going down the bus. It was everywhere.'
The trauma left Mr Stevenson drifting in and out of consciousness after the incident on Thursday, August 27.
'I remember I was just not with it and I kept drifting away - the paramedics kept saying "stay with us, stay with us", and at that point I thought I was a goner.
Mr Stevenson pictured enjoying his retirement party and says he catches public transport when he's off for a drink with the 'lads', but has been left afraid to do so after the brick was thrown
'It’s like what you hear in a film or on TV, when I heard it I thought I was dying and that I had been shot.
'It was only when the police officer told the paramedics "there’s the brick make sure you don’t touch it", that I realised I’d been hit rather than shot.'
Mr Stevenson was rushed to surgery where it was revealed he had a fractured skull
and eye socket, as well as several huge cuts.
Doctors treating the former Jaguar Land Rover worker