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Man credits dog with saving his life during shooting over parking spot


OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Jimmy Martinez is still shaken when he’s asked about a dispute over a parking spot that ended with he and his beloved dog Chata being shot on an Oakland street earlier this week.

On Monday, Martinez’s trailer was parked on East 12th Street when a truck driver approached him and asked him to move his vehicle. When he refused, the truck driver became enraged.

“He just got really pissed off and said ‘Let me show you what truckers do to motherf—–s,'” Martinez said. “(He) went to his truck and pulled out a Glock 40 caliber.”

Martinez said the man hit him in the side of the head with the gun, leaving a gash that required stitches. That’s when Chata jumped to his owner’s protection.

“He shot her in the nose and it went actually into her mouth and then shot me, shot at me and it got me in the arm,” he said.

Martinez and Chata jumped into the trailer for protection as the brazen gunman continued firing before finally fleeing the scene.

“If it wasn’t for the dog, I wouldn’t be here,” he told KPIX 5 of Chata. “I would not be here at all.”

Chata ended up being shot twice while a bone in Martinez’s arm was shattered by a bullet. Martinez will be out of work while his arm heals. Chata is also expected to recover, but may need further surgery.

Martinez sister Diane also believes Chata saved her brother’s life.

“If it wasn’t for Chata, I wouldn’t be standing here talking to you,” she said. “I would be planning a funeral for my brother. So she saved him, so we have to save her.”

Diane also has a few words for the gunman who remains at large.

“I pray for you because that’s not a human being,” she said. “I don’t see how you can sleep after what you did. This is the type of guy that doesn’t need to be on the streets.”

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