A 16-year-old girl was spared serious, possibly fatal injuries after the glasses she was wearing deflected a bullet that struck her in the face in a drive-by shooting Saturday night, Seattle Police say.
“I fell asleep with my glasses on,” said Alonza Bryant. “If I didn’t have my glasses on I wouldn’t be here.”
Police say at around 9:40 pm, there were several people, including children, inside a residence at 54th Avenue South and South Roxbury Street. Alonza Bryant was lying on the couch in the living room. An unknown group of individuals, possibly in a dark sedan, drove by the house and began shooting.
Several of the shots went through the walls and one round went through the front window. Bryant was struck by a single round in the bridge of her glasses, breaking them.
The other occupants in the house called 911 as the car returned and fired into the house a second time. Amazingly, she was not seriously injured.
Investigators believe the residence was targeted, but that the 16-year-old girl was not the intended victim.
Alonza's mother, LaVette Bryant, said nobody living in the home has a connection to gangs.
"We are honest, upright citizens. We don't do anything - harm - to anyone in this neighborhood," she said.
LaVette Bryant said she doesn't know if someone connected to gangs had been at the home at some time.
"It might have been intended for someone who either came by or used to live here," she said.
"We have to move. We have to find a place to stay tonight because we're not staying here," she said.
The investigation is ongoing.