Aug 28, 2011 12:50 AM by Matt Stafford

Cell phone stops bullet from hitting woman, close call for another

To say it was unexpected would be understating it.

"In there watching a movie and the next thing you know a bullet comes flying through there," says Chris Blower, and he says it made it's way across the living room, whizzing right past his head.

"Probably about five or six inches, up here," Blower says, motioning how close the bullet went by.

Police say about ten shots were fired into the Southpointe Apartments, at the corner of South Academy Blvd. and Jet Wing Drive, around 11:00 p.m. Friday night. They say it was possibly a drive-by shooting.

One of the bullets hit a woman in her pants pocket, luckily the bullet stopped when it hit her cellphone. Neighbor Paul Yankowsky says he spoke to the woman, who did not live in the apartment complex, and says she was fine. He says it was the phone's battery that stopped the bullet.

Another bullet hit one of the complex's buildings; that's the one that nearly hit Chris Blower.

"This could have been a different story if he would have stood up for a drink of water or to go to the bathroom," says Carlene Kremer; she says she rushed to the apartment after Blower told her what happened and has been there ever since.

"He was okay, but I wasn't... This is my family," said Kremer; worried about their safety, but for her neighbors too.

"There are children who live here and they play in the area day and night; this is their home, they should feel safe," says Kremer.

The two say they may be looking to live elsewhere, but they aren't sure. In the mean time things are getting back to normal -- as best they can. Blower already went back to work the next morning.

"Life goes on you know," says Blower.

No arrests have been made. Police say witnesses saw a sedan, which the bullets may have been fired from, drive away on Jet Wing Drive right after the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.


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