Teen’s Glasses Deflect Bullet in Drive-By Shooting

| by Allison Geller

A Seattle teenager was the victim of a drive-by shooting of her home. Luckily, she was wearing her glasses at the time. 

“I fell asleep with my glasses on,” Alonza Bryant told KING 5. “If I didn’t have my glasses on I wouldn’t be here.”

Bullets entered the walls and front window of the house in what Seattle Police Department Detective Mark Jamieson labeled a targeted shooting, though possibly not of the home’s current residents. One bullet struck Alonza’s glasses, ricocheting off the bridge and saving her life.

None of the other people at home, including children, were hit.

Alonza, who had been asleep on the couch at the time, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The bullet did penetrate between her eyes, but not enough to cause serious damage, thanks to the deflection.

“She is very, very fortunate,” Jamieson told Reuters.

Alonza’s mother, LaVette Bryant, says she doesn’t understand why her home was targeted.

“We are honest, upright citizens,” she said. “We don’t do anything — harm — to anyone in this neighborhood.”

The police suspect that the shooting may have been gang-related. Bryant said that the bullets might have been meant for someone else who had spent time in the house at some point.

“It might have been intended for someone who either came by or used to live here,” she said.

Bryant, shaken by the incident, is moving her family out of their house immediately.

“We have to move,” she said. “We have to find a place to stay tonight because we're not staying here.”

Sources: KING 5, USA Today, Reuters