Seth Robert Bond helped to rescue Tiffani A. Gray and her three children from assault, Akron, Ohio, June 16, 2019. Gray, 23, and her three daughters, ages 1, 3, and 4, were on a sidewalk of a city street when Gray’s ex-partner, 24, armed with a handgun, shot Gray once in the back. Bond, 26, unemployed laborer, was a passenger in a car driven by a certified nursing assistant when they saw the assailant shoot Gray. As the nursing assistant drove a short distance to the scene, Bond jumped out of the car and ran to Gray and her children. Meanwhile, a group home staff supervisor also stopped nearby and parked, arriving first. Exiting his vehicle, the group home staff supervisor positioned himself between Gray, who was on the ground and shielding her daughters, and the assailant. Bond ran up, took off his shirt, and held it against Gray’s back to stem the bleeding as the nursing assistant exited her car and stood nearby. The group home staff supervisor continued to shield Gray when the assailant reached over his left shoulder and shot Gray in the back a second time and, in the process aimed the gun at Bond’s head. Bond engaged the assailant, along with the group home staff supervisor who, by this time, had grasped the assailant’s gun-wielding arm. During the struggle a shot was fired into the ground near them and shortly the assailant lost control of the gun, which fell to the ground. The assailant then produced a knife. The group home staff supervisor put Gray’s 4 and 3 year old daughters into his car while the certified nursing assistant aided Gray and carried the 1-year-old to her car. The group home staff supervisor and the certified nursing assistant drove Gray and the children from the scene to safety. Bond, meanwhile, continued to fight with the assailant at the scene until the assailant retrieved his weapon and fled. Bond gave chase with arriving police officers but ultimately the assailant shot himself nearby and died. The group home staff supervisor and the nursing assistant, who drove several blocks away, flagged down a responding police cruiser and summoned help for Gray and her daughters. Gray was hospitalized but recovered. The group home staff supervisor, the nursing assistant and the other man were not harmed.
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