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Bullet deflected, life saved

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Alonza Bryant holds the glasses that deflected a bullet, and may have saved her life. KING photo Alonza Bryant holds the glasses that deflected a bullet, and may have saved her life. KING photo

(KING) A 16-year-old Washington State girl was spared serious, possibly fatal injuries after the glasses she was wearing deflected a bullet that struck her in the face in a drive-by shooting Saturday night, Seattle Police say.

"I fell asleep with my glasses on," said Alonza Bryant. "If I didn't have my glasses on I wouldn't be here."

Police say at around 9:40 pm,  there were several people, including children, inside a Seattle residence.

Alonza Bryant was lying on the couch in the living room.

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.  

Bryant was struck by a single round in 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. Amazingly, she was not seriously injured.

Investigators believe the residence was targeted, but that the 16-year-old girl was not the intended victim.

Alonza's 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 neighborhood," she said.

Read more at KING's website.

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