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At round 10:30 AM on the morning of March 31, 2022, Jonathan Gonzalez of Torrance, California was chatting to his buddies whereas gaming on his Ps, when he bought up to have a look at his cellphone. Then, an unidentified particular person shot a stray bullet by means of Gonzalez’s window, grazing the highest of his Razer Kraken headphones. The bullet went by means of the headscarf of the headphones, struck a close-by wall and fell to the ground.
Hi there, my title is Jonathan Gonzalez, I’m from Torrance California and I used to be virtually killed by a stray bullet, however Razer saved my life.
Quickly after, he scurried onto the /r/razer subreddit, the place he was fast to recount his story, beneath his username Enough_Dance_956, with a picture of the now broken headphones, and follow-up posts clarifying precisely what occurred. We had the chance to speak to Gonzalez instantly, who recounted his dalliance with demise. ‘I used to be virtually killed by a keep bullet, however Razer saved my life.’ he recounted to us.
‘At first, I didn’t know what occurred till I regarded in the direction of my window. I hadn’t seen the bullet gap but, however I seen my curtains bought ripped off of my wall (that’s how highly effective the bullet got here by means of) and I saved pondering “wtf occurred” and be aware I’ve my headphones on nonetheless. So, I seize my headphones to take them off and seen a gap by means of the highest of my headset. And I’m nonetheless pondering “wtf” so after that I didn’t actually know a lot, so I put them down.’
Nonetheless, curiosity turned to horror as Gonzalez, 18, moved his curtains and noticed the bullet gap ‘It took me like 10 [seconds] to course of what occurred’ He then referred to as his dad and mom, who rang legislation enforcement.
By no means in my life [I] thought I might’ve been killed in my very own room… By no means.
After trying on the photographs, it’s potential that the bullet handed by means of the headscarf of the headset, after which struck the wall. Regardless of the injury, the headphones nonetheless work. ‘My household have been so pleased I used to be carrying these headphones.’ It’s believable that if Gonzalez wasn’t carrying his Razer Kraken headphones, which he said he bought off of Amazon for $50, he might have been injured way more grievously.
Gonzalez continued to recount that he hugged his dad and mom afterwards and remained in a state of shock. ‘ I saved pondering in my head, I virtually fu***ing died.’ He continues ‘I’m solely 18 years outdated, and I virtually misplaced my life explanation for a dumba** with a gun.’ As Gonzalez was nonetheless shaken, the Metropolis of Torrance Police Division arrived to take photographs of the bullet and investigated the home, earlier than taking the bullet which nearly struck the Redditor away as proof.
He remarks to us, a day after the occasion: ‘It’s Friday now, and I’m nonetheless making an attempt to recover from it’, Gonzalez typed into Reddit’s chat app. ‘I’m simply very pleased that god and this headset gave me a second likelihood to reside. If it wasn’t for each of them, I might have been useless.’ Gonzalez clarified that he’s unhurt, and solely stays with a headache. ‘The cops mentioned it was a 9mm, there was a taking pictures on the block behind my home’ he additional clarified within the feedback part of his Reddit posts.
The Redditor said ‘Yea, Razer reached out to me to see if I used to be okay.’ and continued ‘I simply wished to thank them with all of my coronary heart.’ We reached out to Razer instantly for remark, who said that they have been conscious of the incident, and have been getting ready a ‘care package deal’ to ship to Gonzalez instantly.
Gonzalez’s expertise yesterday is an sadly frequent story within the US. However, the FBI doesn’t observe stray bullet deaths in the USA, and attributes over 40,000 deaths yearly because of weapons. Chris Hermann, a gun violence professional on the John Jay School of Prison Justice in New York estimates that one to 2 p.c of firearms-related deaths are stray bullet killings. ‘When there was a ten p.c improve in shootings, one would see a ten p.c improve in unintended targets’
Gonzalez said that though he had no luck shopping for scratch playing cards the day earlier than, he’d be selecting up a lottery ticket after his luck with surviving this near-death expertise.