Dog Dies After Shielding Children from Bullets in Road Rage Attack

A family dog took a bullet after a gunman fired into an SUV. (Photo: 11Alive)
A family dog took a bullet after a gunman fired into an SUV.
(Photo: 11Alive)

They say all dogs go to heaven. That will be especially true for one German Shepherd here who helped save his family during a shooting.

Sadly, the dog was killed by a man who fired multiple gunshots into a Chevy Suburban loaded with children.

“They were fired upon and their family was terrorized,” said Atlanta Police Sgt. Gregory Lyon. “They survived that only to find that their pet is now gone. It’s sad for the whole family, especially the day after Thanksgiving.”

Witnesses say the shooting began with road rage and ended up with the gunman following the SUV to a strip mall.

“About five minutes later, they pulled back through,” said one of the victims, who asked not to be identified. “They just rolled right up; they pulled a gun out and started (shooting).”

There were at least three children in the vehicle, along with their mother. Bullets flew through the windows, leaving shattered glass inside the SUV and on the ground.

“They hit the back of his car (with bullets),” said the victim, who was uninjured. “The dog, I guess, jumped in front of the bullet to save one of the children and the wife.”

The wounded dog could be seen in surveillance video trotting past one of the nearby shops after the shooting occurred. He ran behind a building at the scene and later died.

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SOURCE: WXIA-TV, Atlanta – Keith Whitney

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