Father who shielded his three children from a gunman loses two jobs

The courageous father who was wounded while protecting his three young children when shots were fired at a New York City car dealership has lost both his jobs due to his injuries.    

Earlier this week, Anthony Jefferson was praised as a hero for taking a bullet in his thigh while protecting his children from gunfire that erupted at On The Road Automotive in the Bronx. 

He was at the dealership that evening shopping for a vehicle to surprise his wife, Danica Jefferson, for her birthday. 

Anthony's already been discharged from a local hospital, but he's lost his two jobs in the process and his children are still in shock.

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Terrifying video captured the moment Anthony Jefferson (pictured) was shot in the leg as he shielded his three young children from a gunman who opened fire at a car dealership in the Bronx on Monday

Terrifying video captured the moment Anthony Jefferson (pictured) was shot in the leg as he shielded his three young children from a gunman who opened fire at a car dealership in the Bronx on Monday

The dad and his children were sitting on a couch inside the used car shop when a man in a black hoodie (circled) ran up and began firing through an open glass door

The dad and his children were sitting on a couch inside the used car shop when a man in a black hoodie (circled) ran up and began firing through an open glass door

Danica told TMZ that Anthony cannot walk at the moment because of his sustained injuries from the shooting.

Subsequently, he's been fired from his jobs as head painter for a maintenance company and as a construction worker in the city.

And although he's begun recovery, Danica said Anthony will need to undergo surgery soon because the bullet is still lodged inside his leg. 

Danica added that their children, aged six, five, and two, have become distressed over the ordeal.

She told TMZ that the small children are hesitant to go outside the home, cry in their sleep and the two-year-old has asked: 'Why did the man shoot my daddy?'

The couple hope to have their children meet with a  therapist soon.

A photo shared to a GoFundMe showed where a bullet struck one of Anthony's shoes on Monday

A photo shared to a GoFundMe showed where a bullet struck one of Anthony's shoes on Monday

A GoFundMe was set up by a family friend. The money will go towards the family's medical

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