Police: Teenage Girl’s Glasses Deflected Bullet

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — A Seattle teenager’s glasses may have saved her life in a drive-by shooting.

The Seattle Police Department said Sunday that 16-year-old Alonza Bryant was lying on a couch inside her southeast Seattle residence when gunfire erupted Saturday night.

“I heard a big bang and then my nose started bleeding,” she told KIRO-TV.

Authorities say a bullet struck the bridge of the girl’s glasses and apparently deflected away. The glasses broke, but the girl was not seriously injured.

The teenage girl told KIRO that the bullet was lodged above the bridge of her nose.

“I could have been dead. I’m glad that the glasses saved me,” she told KOMO-TV. “I fell asleep with my glasses on, and the glasses saved where the bullet was.”

She was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Several people were inside the home during the drive-by shooting, but no one else was hurt.

Investigators believe the teenager was not the intended victim. Gang detectives are investigating.

No arrests have yet to be made.

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