GAINESVILLE, GA (CNN/WSB) – A family is grieving their father who was shot and killed in front of his son while trying to help two people who waved them down.
“We stopped thinking they needed help,” says Tyler Gayton.
15-year-old Gayton says his dad, Dennis, was killed thinking two stranded men needed a ride.
“He came up, put his head in the window and pulled out the gun and put in his face,” says Tyler. “My dad grabbed it, pointed away from his body. Then the guy jerked back and shot him.”
Tyler says the man tried shooting him, too. He was grazed in the neck by a bullet.
Tyler’s mom Jonie was on the phone and heard the commotion.
“I didn’t even get to say goodbye,” says Jonie.