A road rage incident led to multiple gun shots being fired into a Chevy Suburban filled with children in Atlanta. Fortunately for the children, a German Shepherd named Noah was able to perform one last act of protection for the children when he stood in front of a child in the Suburban and took the bullet. The dog later died of his mortal injuries.
The Atlantic Journal-Constitution reports that Hobart Austin told police he was a passenger in a car driving on Cascade Avenue when a driver in a Ford Taurus nearly hit the car he was in, according to Sgt. Greg Lyon. Austin told police he then argued with the other driver. After the argument, the driver of the Taurus told Hobart he was going to shoot him and began firing into the family’s Suburban.
According to WXIA, witnesses backed up Hobart’s story saying shooting began with road rage and ended up with the gunman following the SUV to a strip mall on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and opening fire into the vehicle that had at least three children as passengers. Witnesses noted that the Taurus pulled up to the Suburban and began firing numerous shots into the back of the vehicle where the children were located. The shots shattered the vehicle’s glass and filled the vehicle with bullets.
One victim said that the family’s German Shepherd is responsible for saving the children’s lives. The dog was in front of the child when the bullets come flying through the glass. Therefore, the dog took the bullet instead of the child.
“They hit the back of his car (with bullets). The dog, I guess, jumped in front of the bullet to save one of the children and the wife.”
Following the incident, surveillance footage shows the injured dog cutting across the parking lot and ran behind a building to pass away. Other witnesses say that had the dog not been in that exact spot during the road rage shooting, a child would have certainly been hit.
“The dog took the bullet for the kids so the kids would be safe.”
Atlanta Police Sgt.Gregory Lyon says the family was in obvious shock and terrified after the whole ordeal. Lyon notes that the family survived only to find out that the dog that saved their children had passed.
“They survived that only to find that their pet is now gone. It’s sad for the whole family, especially the day after Thanksgiving.”
Noah, the German Shepherd, isn’t the first dog to be hailed a hero after saving his family. A hero dog named Jersey also died after saving his family from a house fire.
What do you think the family should do to honor the dog that saved their children’s lives in the terrible Atlanta road rage incident?