A Philadelphia mother was shot and killed, as she was shielding her baby daughter from gunfire. The incident happened in West Philadelphia and was a quadruple shooting.
Dawn Boyd, 22, sacrificed her own life for her baby, by shielding the little girl from the bullets, according to her family members.
Dawn was outside a friend’s house around 9:20 p.m. Friday along with a 24-year-old man, 35-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman.
Dawn’s 10-month-old daughter and another young child were also outside at the time, witnesses said.
At some point in the evening, a suspicious vehicle pulled up in front of the home. At least a dozen shots were fired from the car.
Dawn’s instincts kicked in and she ran and grabbed her daughter and shielded her from the gunfire, family members said.
Dawn was shot multiple times in both legs, her left arm and chest while the 24-year-old man was shot in the chest. The 35-year-old man was shot in the left arm while the 21-year-old woman was shot in the upper right leg.
Dawn was also taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition. She eventually died of her injuries. The 24-year-old man likewise died from his injuries. The other two victims are in stable condition.
Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said the bullets came from two separate guns. The man who died lost a brother to gun violence last year, he said.
Neither Boyd’s daughter nor the other child were injured during the shooting. Loved ones are crediting Boyd with saving their lives.
“She grabbed the two babies, her friend ran into the house and by the time she turned around my daughter was crawling, saying she couldn’t breathe,” Boyd’s mother, Michelle McDonnell, told NBC10.