There is a growing trend of YouTube videos where recently released mobile devices, like new iPhones and Samsung Galaxies, get shot by weapons such as sniper rifles and shotguns, all while being filmed with precision cameras, allowing us to see the phones break and shatter in super-detailed slow motion. This iPhone 5C might resemble something from those videos, but it wasn’t shot for the sake of entertainment. No, it was shot by someone who was trying to murder the owner.
That owner is a 25-year-old British man who was shot at close range with a shotgun, and police say he wouldn’t be alive if he hadn’t had the phone in his pocket. The victim still had serious abdominal injuries, which is understandable seeing how bent and deformed the phone became. The detective who released the photo commented “Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived.”
The shooter was said to be a 19-year-old who was found guilty yesterday of attempted murder. The teenager and his friends had apparently turned off the water supply to an apartment block, and the shooting took place when the victim was approaching the group due to his resident being affected.
A similar incident took place last year when a US soldier was attacked by a suicide bomber. The iPhone in his pocket prevented a shrapnel wound that would have severed an artery. If these sort of incidents keep happening (and hopefully they won’t), maybe Apple should include something about “weapon resistant” in their iPhone marketing materials.