Shetamia Taylor took her four sons to an anti-violence protest in Dallas on July 7 to teach them about peaceful protests. In a horrific twist, the site of the rally ended up being the deadliest attack for police officers since 9/11 when snipers killed five Dallas cops and injured several others.
Taylor was the only civilian shot on the scene. And the story behind the mom getting shot has people calling her a hero.
When the gunshots were first fired, the 37-year-old began to run with her boys to escape when she suddenly caught a bullet in the back of her leg. Three of her sons continued running in opposite directions in the face of flying bullets, but one son--her 15-year-old named Andrew--didn't.
So Taylor used herself as a human shield for that son.
Her sister Theresa Williams said, "She jumped on top to cover him on the ground as she pushed him in between two cars and the curb... She lay there, she said it was about five minutes before cops even got to her and pulled her from the area where she was because the shots were coming so fast."
Sisters of Shetamia Taylor tell us their sister, who had taken her 4 boys to protest, was shot in the calf. #wfaa pic.twitter.com/LZqzDksIVK— Sonia Azad (@SoniaAzadTV) July 8, 2016
Sisters of Shetamia Taylor tell us their sister, who had taken her 4 boys to protest, was shot in the calf. #wfaa pic.twitter.com/LZqzDksIVK
Williams said by the time she got to the hospital to see Taylor and her kids, Andrew was covered in his mother's blood, and terrified.
Williams said, "All he could do was run up to my sister and myself and hug our necks."
But thanks to his mother's selfless act of bravery, he has survived.
And so has Taylor. She is now being treated for non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to make a recovery.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Taylor and her family, as well as all victims of violence.
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