(Meredith) -- A shocking video captured the moment a father was shot while shielding his three children from gunfire at a car dealership in the Bronx.

New York City police said the shooting happened around 7:20 a.m. Monday at On The Road Automotive Group.

Surveillance video shows the 39-year-old father and his children sitting on a couch in the waiting area when one of three gunmen opened fire inside the dealership.

The father immediately scooped his children off the couch, brought them to the floor, and used his body to shield them from the bullets.

Police said the father, an innocent bystander, was shot in the thigh.

The three gunmen were targeting another person inside the shop in what police believe was a gang-related shooting, CBS New York reported.

After the shooting, police said the gunmen stole a customer's car to flee the scene.

The victim was treated at Jacobi Hospital and is expected to recover. His children were not injured.

Anyone with information on the suspects' whereabouts can call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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