DALLAS - A North Texas preacher says God protected him on I-20 when an angry driver riddled his SUV with bullets.
Dallas police are investigating the shooting as an aggravated assault. But the victim described a 'road rage incident' where a man shot at him nine times. He said all he tried to do was pass the driver.
Anthony Edwards is a father of six and most recently graduated from Dallas Baptist University. He says he was headed to school Thursday afternoon to pick up some transcripts when he tried to pass a slow-moving car on I-20 near Highway 67. That's when the 2010 gray Kia Soul sped up behind him.
“He rolled down the window, and I put my hands up,” he recalled. “And I'm like, ‘Hey, what's going on?’ And all of a sudden, I heard gunshots.”
Five gunshots were fired in the passenger side, two went into the headrest and another two hit the driver’s side. The gunfire caused Edwards to swerve off the road and plunged down an embankment.
“I got out the car. I realized I was alive,” the preacher said. “First of all, I was thanking God I was alive.”
Not one of those bullets or the crash seriously injured Edwards.
“The doctor said he's never seen somebody get shot at nine times and live,” the preacher said.
Edwards walked away from the crash with graze marks from the gunshots on his elbow, knee, neck and shoulder.
“I can't believe this is happening,” he said. “And how can I survive?!”
Edwards calls it divine intervention.
“The Lord is my Shield. He's my buckler,” he said. “The Bible also says, ‘touch not mine anointed, nor do mine no harm.’ It's with those scriptures and principles, no bullet could touch my body.”
Dallas police are investigating the incident but have not made any arrests. Edwards says he hopes his attacker is caught but is not going to let this stop him from pursuing his dreams of law school and beyond.