A family's beloved pet dog has died after saving their lives by jumping between them and a gunman.
According to witnesses, two-year-old German Shepherd Noah leapt in front of his owners when an aggrieved motorist opened fire in an Atlanta car park on Friday. The shooting is thought to have been sparked by a road rage incident not involving the family, but catching their vehicle in the crossfire, shattering the back window and fatally wounding the dog.
Noah was shot in the neck and jumped out of the car in pursuit of the attacker, but died a few steps away.
There were thought to be at least three children in the car as well as an adult woman. A witness said: "The dog took the bullet for the kids so the kids would be safe."
A man named Kidon Martin said he was Noah's owner on Facebook and wrote that his wife and son had been in the car.
He posted a heartbreaking public message stating Noah had saved them from "a senseless act of violence." He also posted a picture of Noah after he'd succumbed to his injury.
"noah sacrificed himself by pushing them away in the line of gunfire and took a bullet to the neck him being so relentless chased the assailant car to show his protective instict and collapsed in the pusuit he died from the lost of blood he will be mised i cant stop crying for he is his name noah a covenant of the arc which is my family [sic]."
Atlanta Police Sergeant Gregory Lyon said: "They were fired upon and their family was terrorized. They survived that only to find that their pet is now gone. It's sad for the whole family, especially the day after Thanksgiving."
Police are still searching for the shooter.
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