A father was fired after risking his life to save his three kids who are aged 2, 5 and 6.
Anthony Jefferson was at a car dealership on Monday at 4077 Boston Road in the Bronx after trying to buy a car to surprise his wife on her birthday when three suspects entered the facility and started shooting.
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In the video obtained by TMZ, the father is seen sitting on the couch with the kids as a glass behind them shattered and a gunman appeared. Jefferson quickly got down on the ground to cover the children and a bullet is seen piercing through the sofa they were just sitting on. Bullets entered Johnson’s right thigh and boot. Despite him being released from the hospital, he can’t walk and still needs additional surgery.
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Prior to the shooting, Jefferson worked two jobs, one as a head painter and the other as a construction worker. But his wife, Danica Jefferson, said both jobs fired him after they learned he is unable to work. She did not reveal the names of the organizations.
A family friend created a GoFundMe in the hope of getting the family some much needed financial help.
“3 suspects fired multiple shots at a male who then returned fire, striking Anthony Jefferson 3 times, twice in his boot and once in his thigh as he was attempting to shield his 3 kids from the gunfire,” the friend wrote. “As he shielded his kids, the 3 suspect’s continued to shoot. Due to his injury, Anthony lost his job and has to have surgery to remove the bullet. This Go Fund me is to help this heroic dad with his medical bills and his kids with therapy. They are beyond traumatized.”
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