Man survives shotgun attack – thanks to his green iPhone 5c

“A man miraculously survived being shot near his home with a sawn-off shotgun when his iPhone took the brunt of the blast,” ITV News reports.

“The 25-year-old victim sustained serious injuries to his abdomen but managed to get up and head back to his block of flats where emergency services were called,” ITV News reports. “Ryan Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder at Chester Crown Court. He was also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and is due to be sentenced on 10 July… Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre from Cheshire Police said if the victim’s phone had not been in his pocket ‘he would undoubtedly have died.'”

Duggan’s actions that night were extreme and shocking – the victim went outside to speak to the group about the fact they had turned off the water supply resulting in the defendant shooting him with a powerful weapon. Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived. This is remarkable – had that phone not been in his pocket at that time he would undoubtedly have died. — Gary McIntyre, Cheshire Police

The victim's mobile phone took the majority of the blast from the shotgun. (photo: Cheshire Police)
The victim’s mobile phone took the majority of the blast from the shotgun. (photo: Cheshire Police)

Read more, and see more photos, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hard-coated polycarbonate. Unapologetically plastic.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


        1. No, all plastic. You’d be shocked how great some plastics are. I always carry a pocket knife. One of my favorites is a Benchmade Mini Griptillian. It has a glass filled nylon handle. After carrying my beloved yellow mini-grip in my pocket for 5 or 6 years (along with keys and other crap) I lost it. Naturally I replaced it with the same model and even more naturally I found my old one a few weeks later.

          The knife has a yellow handle held together with black screws and has a black coated pocket clip and the only way I can tell the difference between the two is by the wear on the metal screws and pocket clip. The plastic parts of the older knife still look new.

          As for the shotgun used, from the pattern I’d say it was a sawed-off .410, the least powerful shotgun round available wouldn’t be able to do much damage. The length of the barrel allows more gunpowder to be burned creating more pressure and more muzzle velocity. The pattern seen and the damage done would have been fatal from only inches away, not further.

          -liberal gun fanatic

        2. On the topic of shotgun bore: No, if you follow the link to the article, you’ll see that there’s a photo of the gun and the ammo, with a ruler conveniently placed for scale. It’s an over-under, and it looks like a 12 gauge. (just looking at the quantity of shot, it would be a LOT to put in a .410). That phone took a hell of a shot, and that guy’s lucky to be alive.

          On the other hand, you’re absolutely right – that Benchmade is a hell of a nice little knife.

        3. You’re right it looks like a 12 gauge. It definitely is sawed off though. I would be interested to find out exactly what type plastic was used in the 5c.

          As for the mini Grip, it’s always in my pocket! I would not complain if Apple used that plastic as a case material for an iPhone.

      1. Of course it wasn’t *just* the plastic that stopped the force of the blast. There’s metal and silicon components inside, and of course solid glass on the front.

    1. Gun violence like this rarely happens in Britain. It’s almost unheard of there. This kind of thing happens multiple times a day in the U.S., its so common that it’s barely remarked upon. That’s the difference. And I think you know that, you’re just pretending you don’t.

      1. I believe his point is rather simple: You can have all of the gun laws you want, but the fact remains: Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Law-abiding gun owners don’t kill people (except in self-defense), murderers kill people.

        1. All of you just STFU.

          A human being survived an attempted murder. Be grateful and leave it at that.

          Keep your politics out of Mac discussions.

        2. It’s not “politics,” it’s simply common sense.

          Guy stabs someone to death with a kitchen knife. You want ban kitchen knives? Guy strangles someone to death with a lamp cord. You want to ban lamp cords? Etc.

        3. Neither kitchen knife, nor the lamp cord’s primary (only) purpose are to murder someone.

          Guns have no practical purpose whatsoever. Their sole purpose is to murder a living person (of course, there’s hunting guns, but that’s not the point of discussion here).

          Banning guns has been demonstrated all over the world to result in reduction in number of murders. There is really no way to spin that.

        4. “Guns have no practical purpose whatsoever.”

          Yeah, I’m sure the Savopoulos family in Washington, D.C. were glad they had no way to protect themselves from that filthy animal. And don’t forget about all of people in so many third world countries who are being raped, murdered, butchered and enslaved by radical groups, which is constantly reported in the news.

          Or are you only concerned with the elite, white Europeans who are so civilized? Disregarding World War I and II of course. And also all of the wars preceding that back through recorded history.

          And I’m sure if firearms didn’t exist all of the bad and evil people on this planet would instead be loving and caring.

          Jeez, pull your head out of your ass and get a clue.

        5. Let me repeat what I said: guns have NO practical purpose. Their sole purpose is to murder other humans.

          In every part of the wold where gun control was introduced, murder rate was reduced. Overwhelming evidence confirms what common sense tells us that even 9-year-olds understand: make it illegal (and difficult) to get a gun and there will be fewer murders.

          Regrettably, America would rather see more murders than ever let anyone prevent people from owning devices whose sole purpose is to murder other humans.

        6. It’s not the device that is doing the killing though! Some people use ADT et. el to protect their homes and family. I have my own method of protection and I can thank our Nation’s Forefathers and the U.S. Constitution for allowing me that right. I’ve owned a gun for close to 30 years and the thought of using it to go out and murder a person has NEVER crossed my mind. Nor use it in commission of a crime. I can’t speak for some other person’s psyche who may value someone else life or property less and have no problem using a gun or some other means to murder or rob or both.

    2. The difference is that the the U.S. thousands are killed every year. Hell, the Police just killed a couple of dozen blacks in full view of the whole public last few weeks. Over the last sixty years, some 2 MILLION people have been murdered with guns in the U.S. In another words, a third of a holocost (sp? I think my spelling fails me here, sorry) since the holocost.

    3. Fwhatever, you claim to like data, so why not check out gun violence statistics in the U.S. compared to other countries across the world? You will find that the U.S. has a lot of firearm incidents.

      I like guns as machines and tools just fine, but extremists like you seem to treat lethal weapons like a religion. Gun control is reasonable and logical, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with universal background checks and waiting periods. Go preach your idiocy somewhere else.

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