A woman said her life was saved after a bullet struck her Rose Gold iPhone, instead of her, as she was fleeing the Las Vegas mass shooting Sunday night, according to a new report.
The woman, who is currently unidentified, was attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, where the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred. After escaping the event, the woman was picked up by a Las Vegas taxi driver. She reportedly showed the driver her rose-colored iPhone and told him that it had saved her life while she was fleeing the festival grounds. The taxi driver then took a picture of the device, which was posted to Twitter by CNN Executive Producer Jason K. Morrell.
The rose-colored iPhone 7 Plus with a clear hard case installed, seems to have suffered extensive damage near its charging port, where the round apparently struck.
While the handset was shattered by the bullet, the woman was reportedly unharmed, according to local media outlet KLAS. The iPhone 7 Plus has a backing made of aluminum alloy.
There are currently no details on where exactly the woman was holding or carrying the device. But Jason Morrell, who shared the photo, said she was carrying the iPhone in her hand when the bullet struck it instead of her. “Just inches away from her body,” he added.
— Jason K. Morrell (@CNNJason) October 3, 2017
The woman was one of roughly 22,000 people attending the music festival when a gunman opened fire around 10 p.m. from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, located across the street from the festival grounds. A total of 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured.
The gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound as police were storming the hotel room he was in. At least 23 weapons, including long-rifles, were found in the Mandalay Bay suite, as well as materials to make explosives. The shooter’s motive is still under investigation, police said.