Cellphone Saves Musician From Stray Bullet

October 31, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018

A cellphone in a cargo pocket prevented a stray bullet from wounding a local musician in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ben Tynan, singer and guitarist with the Hollow Decks band, was packing up after the Oct. 26 show at the Louisiana State Fair when he heard something akin to firecrackers.

“I start walking around just the area we were performing in looking for a stray firework or something to give my mind ease,” he told Fox 33.

He reached into the cargo pocket of his pants to check his phone a saw the plastic case was broken. The phone blocked a bullet.

“I am an incredibly, incredibly lucky human being,” he said.

The bullet originated from a shooting on Greenwood Road. Police found at least 20 bullet casings along the road. The road runs by the State Fair venue.

“It went across the street, traveled a hundred yards over 20 or more RVs and trucks, to hit a tent and then come down on me,” Tynan said.

What appears to be a bullet hole was found in the tent.

Two other people were injured in the shooting and are recovering, police said.

Since the state fair was closed, no visitors were injured.

“It’s super fortunate it was after the show was over,” Tynan said.

He said he was shaken by the incident, but not enough to cancel another gig with his band the next day.

He did file a police report.

The band posted a statement regarding the incident on Facebook on Oct. 27.

“We know there are a lot of rumors out there today, but the band would like to reassure everyone that we are safe and sound,” it stated, mentioning Tynan was left with a bruise.

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