CLEVELAND, TN. (AP) - A Cleveland man killed during a shooting rampage at his daughter's birthday party is being hailed as a hero for saving the lives of his ex-wife and three children.

The Cleveland Daily Banner reports 41-year-old Kenneth Simonson died at a hospital, where he was taken after the shooting Thursday at a home in nearby Whitfield County, Ga.

Whitfield County sheriff's deputies say they were called to a home around 8:30 p.m. Thursday where they found 61-year-old Edward Henry Manz III and 41-year-old David Dwight Hartline dead, and Simonson and his ex-wife 35-year-old Mindy Nicole Bullard injured.

Police say Simonson spirited the three children to an upper floor of the house and physically shielded two of them from gunshots. The newspaper reported he then created a diversion that allowed his ex-wife to escape Hartline, the shooter, by jumping out a second-story window.

Information from: Cleveland Daily Banner, http://www.clevelandbanner.com/

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