Brian Harris of Northeast Washington D.C. feels like he is a very lucky man. “Everyone says that,” Brian told WJLA News Channel 8. While the Edgewood neighborhood resident was sitting on his front porch enjoying an after dinner coffee a stray bullet flew right at Brian’s stomach.
He told WRC NBC Washington, “Felt like somebody hit me with their fist and I got up.” Neighbor Brandon Gamble said, “It was just crazy. Sounded like fire crackers going on...Told my daughter to get down. She got to screaming. My aunt got to screaming.”
Gunshots were covering the area so Brian took shelter in his home and checked himself for wounds and recalled, “I ain’t see no blood nowhere. Then I reached in my hoodie and pulled out my wallet and there was, my wallet was shattered and then there was the bullet.” Amazingly the bullet hit Brian’s cell phone and wallet that he had stored in his hoodie’s front pouch.
His cell phone screen was shattered and the bullet pierced a $10 bill, his driver’s license, credit cards, dental ID cards and his government ID cards, but fortunately that’s where it stopped.
“Gunshot wounds to the stomach usually don’t sound good. That’s a lot of organs sitting right here when it enters this way,” said Brian adding, “It came real close.” Brian didn’t even have to go to the hospital because there were no marks at all indicating where the bullet struck. Police believe the bullets came from a nearby alley and that Brian was an innocent bystander. The fortunate man is grateful for the outcome and says, “I understand how lucky I am.”