Florida mother survives five bullets while shielding her three children from gunfire
Fort Lauderdale: When gunmen rushed her car while stopped at a red light in West Palm Beach, south Florida, Diamond Ware leaned over her back seat to shield her three young children from flying bullets. The 24-year-old mother was shot five times, but survived.
The driver of the car, Demetrius McDonald, who was also hit by a bullet, told police he was driving his family at around 4.30pm when three men he said he did not recognise got out of a nearby car and opened fire.
McDonald had a gun, too, and fired back before he sped away toward his home, according to his police statement.
When police officers arrived at Ware's home after the shootout, on September 26, they found a blue Hyundai Sonata riddled with bullet holes.
A fire rescue crew took Ware to hospital for treatment, where she received emergency surgery, investigators said.
Her three children – ages 7, 3 and 1 – were unharmed, according to the police report.
McDonald, 29, was taken to St Mary's Medical Centre to treat a bullet wound to the left side of his back.
Another woman, whose name was redacted from the police report, told police she was with the family at a store just before the shooting and saw a white Malibu drive by about three times. Police said she recognised the driver as Tydarius Tavon Adderly.
Ware later picked Adderly, 20, out of a photo lineup at the hospital, detectives said.
Adderly was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Friday on five charges of attempted murder and a charge of child neglect, records show. The other two gunmen, who wore masks, are still being sought.
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