A mother was wounded while protecting her teenage sons when gunfire broke out on an ambush on police during a peaceful protest in Dallas Thursday night.
Shetamia Taylor, 37, was shot in the right calf during the melee. The mother of four underwent surgery Friday morning.
Taylor had taken her sons, aged 12-17, to the protest rally Thursday to teach her children how to demonstrate in a peaceful manner, according to her sister.
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Theresa Williams, Taylor's sister, told The Mirror: "As the rally was ending and they turned to leave, they were one of the first crowds to leave, they heard the first gunshot. After that first gunshot she heard the second gunshot and after that it was just a lot of gunshots. She said they just came so fast and they wouldn't stop."
Once the gunfire erupted, Taylor was shot in the calf as she ran and jumped on top of one of her sons.
Her sister said that three of her nephews were separated from their mother in the chaos that occurred in the aftermath.
Williams said: "Her other three boys scattered and ran in opposite directions. So she lost three of her boys, didn't know where they were. She lay there, she said it was about five minutes before cops even got to her and pulled her from the area where she was because the shots were coming so fast."
Following the shootings, three suspects were taken into police custody and one of the suspected snipers was killed.
The alleged gunmen killed five police officers and wounded seven people, including two civilians.