July 17th, 2008 10:52 PM
Bible, watermelon stop stray bullet
Bible, watermelon stop stray bullet
'The word of God slowed the bullet so that it didn’t kill anybody’
By Emily Longnecker
updated 4:47 p.m. MT, Thurs., July. 17, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis woman believes a higher power helped her and her two young great-granddaughters survive a shooting this week.
Before stray bullets from a gun battle ripped through her car, Charlotte Thompson didn’t even know what gunfire sounded like.
“I’d never heard a gunshot,” she said.
She was sitting at a red light around 7 p.m. Monday when the fight broke out.
“We heard this pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow,” Thompson said. "Then Shyann said, ‘Oh! I’m shot!’”
Her 10-year-old great granddaughter was sitting in the back seat, shot in the stomach.
“I turned around and looked and she raised up her shirt and I could see the bullet,” Thompson said. "I could see where it went in and where it went out.”
Thompson’s other great granddaughter, 13-year-old Jaelyn, was in the backseat, too — on the driver’s side.
“She was crying, too, because she thought she was shot, too,” Thompson said.
Police later showed Thompson the path the bullet took through her car. She now believes that path was guided by God.
“Came through the door, hit her, then it went to the Bible,” she said. The Bible was sitting on the seat between the two girls. “It went in here and come out here and it shredded my Sunday School book. The word of God slowed the bullet so that it didn’t kill anybody.”
A watermelon Jaelyn was holding in her lap eventually stopped the bullet.
“Right in the watermelon. Didn’t come out of the watermelon,” Thompson said. “The word of God and the Lord’s power saved. He sent the bullet into the watermelon.”
She said that both her granddaughters are OK and that eventually Shyann’s bullet wound would heal. However, she now worries about the emotional scars the girls will carry with them.
“It took away her innocence,” she said of Shyann. “You know, she trusted everybody. Now she trusts nothing and nobody.”
Emily Longnecker is a reporter for NBC affiliate WTHR-TV of Indianapolis.
**I hope he's looking out for me like that when I need him!
July 17th, 2008 11:00 PM
Lucky kid. I guess they can feel whatever they want the fact that no one was seriously hurt. My guess is that for a while they will be keeping the good book very close to them.
I hope they find the folks that were having a the gunfight.
Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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July 18th, 2008 07:15 PM
Divine providence is an amazing thing. Don't want to hijack, but...
Worked an accident once where the piece of angle iron from the back of an 18 wheeler (bumper) went through the roof of a Taurus over the Dad's head, then impaled itself right between the 2 kids in the back seat (like these 2 kids). Opened that car top like a tin can but nobody got hurt.
"Each worker carried his sword strapped to his side." Nehemiah 4:18
Guns Save Lives. Paramedics Save Lives. But...
Paramedics With Guns Scare People!
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