Student Finds School Books Stopped Bullet During Gang Attack In Brazil
Everyone knows student textbooks are an absolute rip-off, with universities and colleges forcing us to fork out hundreds of pounds for a single book. But you might be thanking your lucky stars that you've got a few kilos of paper in your backpack the next time you're caught up in a gang shooting.
That type of scenario is unlikely, but it certainly helped one bloke in Brazil.
The unnamed student was walking through a busy square when gunfire erupted, causing people to scatter in every direction. As the man ran away from the ensuing drama, little did he know that a bullet had nearly killed him.
It wasn't until three days later that the guy opened his Mechanical Fluids textbook to see a bullet in near perfect condition sitting in between the pages, with several pages ripped, or so he claims.
The man told reporters of the market place shooting: "The [gunmen] arrived, shooting at the area where the meat stalls are, and after they came close to people, they carried on shooting.
"Next, a dark-skinned guy with a 38. [millimetre handgun] fired a shot from the corner that possibly hit my rucksack."
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Three people were killed from that specific attack, which was one of three incidents in that area that night which claimed a total of seven lives, with seven others injured. Police say the trio of attacks were committed by the same criminals, however, no one has been arrested.
You can imagine the guy will have no problem lugging that textbook to and from school now. He might even get a few more to ensure he's properly protected.
But it's certainly not the first time a chunk of paper saved a person's life.
A bus driver in Ohio was attacked by three teenagers, according to CNN, in 2014. He was shot three times at point blank range but miraculously survived thanks to a New Testament bible sitting in his front shirt pocket.
He still suffered a bullet going through his leg and a knife wound to his arm, but he certainly wouldn't have lived had that book not been protecting his chest.
Dayton Police Sergeant Michael Pauley told WHIO: "There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident, because he probably should not be here."
The bus driver used a pen to stab one of the teenagers in the leg, causing him to drop the weapon and run away with his mates.
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