Father uses body to protect 5-month-old son during Miami Gardens shooting

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says child taken to hospital; man also wounded

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – When bullets started flying in a Miami Gardens neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, Naquan Gray, 22, acted on impulse and used his body to protect his 5-month-old son.

Gray suffered some injuries. So did the baby's 63-year-old great aunt, who was grazed in the neck and a lower limb. Gray's son, Naquan Gray Jr., suffered a few scratches, but is doing OK.

All three were treated and released after the shooting that was reported shortly after 5 p.m. on Northwest 175th Terrace. 

Gray swung by the house to pick up some items Wednesday night. He told Local 10 News that he's relieved his son wasn't harmed.

Meanwhile, loved ones recounted the shooting. 

"He comes out here and sits sometimes with the baby in the little thing, you know," Georgia Lee, the child's great-grandmother, said.

Lee was inside the house when the shooting began. 

"Next thing I know, the door opens and he had his baby like this, and they dove in the door with his baby," Henry Elam, Gray's cousin, said. "He was trying to protect his son." 

Elam said God kept the family safe. 

"We are truly blessed," he said. "If it wasn't for the grace of God, you know, anything could have happened."

Miami Gardens police are investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.