An attempted robbery of a central Florida gas station nearly ended in disaster but a clerk's HTC Smartphone saved his life.
The shooting happened after a man entered the store on Monday morning and asked a clerk to help him find a particular drink.Moment later, the man then pulled out a revolver and demanded the clerk to open the safe, but the clerk was unable to get the safe door open. Another clerk then entered the store and was also ordered to open the safe but unsuccessful. After both the store workers' efforts to open it were unsuccessful, the suspect fired a single gunshot as he escaped the store on foot.
Emergency services workers were called to the store, and as they were interviewing one of the clerks, he complained of chest pains.
"So they started looking at the clerk. That's when they realised that the robber had actually shot at him, hit him, struck his cell phone, and the cell phone had stopped his bullet," Winter Garden Police Lt. Scott Allen said.
He didn't suffer any other injuries and was quickly released after being checked at a hospital.The suspect described as a black man about 6 feet tall wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, pants, sunglasses, a bright yellow traffic vest and white gloves.