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Dog dies after attack shooter, protecting his family during the shooting

A dog is lauded as a hero by his family for giving his life to save them during a drive-by shooting in the vicinity of Houston, Texas. The suspected gunman has now been identified as Javian Castenada, shown here, which has not yet been located
(Harris County District 2 Constable’s Office)

A dog is lauded as a hero by his family for giving his life to save them during a shooting in the vicinity of Houston, Texas.

The labrador, called Zero, jumped to action when a gunman opened fire during a birthday party at the home of Laura Martinez last night between Sunday and Monday. Martinez and her two children were shot as Zero fell to the shooter. The dog was hit by a bullet during the altercation and later died.

“I honestly think if Zero had not kept jumping on him, he would have been able to capture images higher than our legs,” Martinez said, according to Click 2 Houston.

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The suspected gunman has now been identified as Javian Castenada, a friend of the family, who they believe was involved in a robbery at their home. The police think he is hiding and is considered armed and dangerous.

The family Martinez said after the burglary, they are confronted Castaneda’s parents with their suspicions that he was responsible. A few days later, Canstaneda reportedly arrived at the party and began arguing with the family of Martinez, which escalated into gunfire.

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“I’m staring at the whole scene around and it almost feels like a dream,” Martinez’s daughter Valori Pace said. “I went to go turn to turn and I just feel instant pressure in my back. My hand back and I realize that there is blood on my hands,” she said.

The family is recovering from their gunshot wounds, but mourn the death of their beloved dog, they have the name “Zero the Hero.”

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