Cell phone, wallet stop bullet from hitting D.C. man in stomach

Harris was sitting on his porch in Northeast when the bullet hit items in his pocket. Photo: Kendis Gibson

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A Northeast Washington man was simply sitting on his porch Sunday night when his cell phone likely saved his life.

Brian Harris, an Edgewood resident, reports that the man was sitting on the front porch of his home just off Rhode Island Avenue when a stray bullet hit a wallet and cell phone in his pocket.

Doctors say that less than an inch separated Harris from life and death.

"I was sitting in the chair, I put my coffee down and something hit me in my stomach," Harris said. "I went through my sweatshirt, and the bullet was still (there)."

Authorities say that had the items not been in his front pocket, Harris would have likely been shot in the stomach.

Cars and windows up and down Harris's street were shot out as a result of the gunfire, but miraculously, no one was hurt.

"It was crazy," neighborhood resident Brandon Gamble said. "It sounded like firecrackers going off."

Gamble's 8-year-old daughter was also nearly hit by the gunfire.

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