Father struck by bullet while shielding children from gunfire in Bronx shooting

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police are searching for the three gunmen in a Bronx shooting, in which a father was forced to use his body to shield his three children from bullets.

Investigators say that the shooting may be gang-related, but the NYPD notes the only victim was the 39-year-old bystander who was sitting in the car dealership where the shooting took place.

The incident began around 7 p.m. on Monday inside the car dealership on Boston Road in the Eastchester section of the borough. 

Shocking surveillance video released by police shows one of at least three gunmen suddenly begin firing multiple rounds into the dealership. Multiple customers can be seen running, but the 39-year-old father is seen pushing his children to the ground and covering them with his body. 

The father was the only person injured and suffered a gunshot wound to his right thigh. The children were not harmed.

The victim was transported to Jacobi Hospital and was listed in stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery. 

According to a CBS2 report, the masked suspects were attempting to ambush their intended target, who was inside the dealership. They fled after stealing a customer’s car outside the dealership.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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