Mother Took A Bullet To Save Her Son During Dallas Shooting

Cierra Bailey
A woman who attended a Dallas protest against police brutality with her sons got caught in the crossfire when shots were fired by a sniper targeting police.

Shetamia Taylor is a Dallas civilian who was wounded when shots were fired during a protest Thursday night, according to ABC News.

A shooter identified as Micah Johnson opened fire on officers who were overseeing the demonstration against police brutality following the back-to-back killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

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Taylor, 37, reportedly threw herself on top of her 15-year-old son as bullets flew through the area. Amid the chaos, she was shot in her right calf.

Her other three sons had ran off in different directions, according to her sister, Theresa, who spoke to reporters after the incident.

"She jumped on top to cover him on the ground as she pushed him in between two cars in the curb," she said. "All she could think about was her other three boys — where are they at."

After approximately five minutes, police were able to get Taylor and her son out of harm’s way. She was taken to a local hospital where she underwent surgery for her injury.

"She's not so much worried about the gunshot wound she has on her leg," her sister said. "We're watching the news in the hospital room, and all she can do is say, 'Lord, be with those families of those police officers.' And that's what she kept repeating."

Taylor was reportedly one of two civilians injured during the sniper shooting that killed five officers and wounded seven.

Taylor's actions while faced with danger demonstrate the strength of a mother’s love and willingness to protect her children at all costs.

Luckily, her gunshot wound is not life threatening and she will eventually be able to return home to her sons, unlike the officers who tragically lost their lives.

The shooter was clearly targeting cops only, but spraying bullets into a crowd puts everyone present at risk. This violence needs to come to an end. We cannot continue allowing innocent people to get hurt or lose their lives over senseless rage and anger. 

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