Student miraculously survives Brooklyn shooting as bullet strikes bra underwire and leaves her with just a 'graze'
When Emergency Medical Services unhooked her bra to tend to her wound, the bullet was sitting on her bra strap and 'just fell out'
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: A 21-year-old college student's life was saved in the Brooklyn Shooting on Saturday, July 27, after a bullet hit the underwire of her bra, saving her from getting shot. The Brooklyn block party shooting, however, claimed the life of a 38-year-old man and injured 11 others, including a child.
The college student, identified as Deniesa Murdaugh, was spared potentially life-threatening injuries thanks to her underwire bra, her mother Odessa Watson told the New York Post. She said that when Emergency Medical Services unhooked her bra to tend to her wound, the bullet was sitting on her bra strap and "just fell out". Murdaugh, however, received minor injuries as there were bullet fragments on her skin from the impact, that left a "graze".
"It was a regular bra," the mother added. "The threading of it, because we’re thick girls, is thicker. And it got caught in the back part of the bra."
We had earlier reported that the shooting occurred on July 27 as large crowds of locals were gathered at 'Old Timers Week', an annual community block party that was celebrating its 56th year. The shooters opened fire as the event was about to conclude at around 11 pm.
The New York Post reported that the main target of the shooting appeared to be Bloods gang member Jason Pagan who later succumbed to his injuries. Two other victims of the shooting are reportedly recovering. Retiree Anthony Davis will have to wait for nearly two weeks before the bullet is located and removed from his body while 25-year-old Dominique Joseph is recovering from her wounds at her home in Red Hook. The victims of the attack range in the ages of 21 to 55.
Authorities believe that two shooters were behind the attack. The suspects are still at large as officials have launched a hunt to find them. Reports state that the shooters opened fire despite a contingent of nearly 100 officers monitoring the event
Public advocate Jumaane Williams, during a press conference, said: "There’s no part of street code that says you can shoot up an event where seniors are enjoying themselves, period. [This was] a revered event that our seniors come out to enjoy themselves. And, damn it, somebody shot it up."
"I've never heard of 12 people shot in one incident — ever," one veteran investigator said. Authorities who combed the site found one abandoned firearm discarded among cups and bottles littered on the ground after the festival.