Zaevion Dobson Dies Protecting Girls From Gunfire
Three girls are lucky to be alive today thanks to the heroic efforts of 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson. The high school football player sprung into action and saved the girls from certain death Thursday night when a couple of losers went on a gang-related shooting spree in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The shootings that killed Zaevion William Dobson, 15, began Thursday night, said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. The first person shot was Lisa Perry, 46, who was inside her apartment at the time. She is expected to survive.
Rausch said Perry’s 23-year-old son, Brandon Perry, and several other men then drove to the neighborhood where Dobson lived and “randomly fired multiple times.”
The girls shielded by Dobson were not hurt, he said.
Brandon Perry was later found to have been shot after he crashed a car into another apartment. He died from his injuries on Friday morning. Two other men who fled from the crash were arrested, though one was later released after being questioned.
Rausch said investigators think the shootings are gang-related, but he said there didn’t appear to be a motive to target Dobson.
“Unfortunately, they picked a random group of young men and women who were just hanging out and trying to prepare to celebrate the holiday,” he said.
Dobson was also a mentee in his hometown which makes this whole story even more depressing.