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  • 23 December 2013, 14:52

Shot Girl Saved By Her Glasses In Drive-By

A teenager's glasses may have saved her life in a drive-by shooting.

Police say 16-year-old Alonza Bryant was lying on a couch inside her Seattle home when gunfire started outside on Saturday night.

Authorities say a bullet came through the window and struck the bridge of Alonza's glasses and deflected away. The glasses broke, but she was not seriously injured.

She said: "I fell asleep with my glasses on, if I didn't have my glasses on I wouldn't be here."

Police say at around 9.40pm there were several people including children, inside the house at the time.

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.

Alonza was struck by a single round on 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.

Investigators believe the residence was targeted, but that Alonza was not the intended victim.

Her 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 neighbourhood," she said.

Ms 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.

"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.

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