The victim who lived at the Campus Edge Apartments was followed home by a criminal late Monday night. The gates to the apartment complex were left open and so the criminal was able to get inside to mug the student.
Faris Alotaibi, the victim's roommate said, "He took a gun, after he took the backpack of my roommate, and he shot him in the leg but my roommate is very lucky. I looked at his jeans and it was torn open. He showed me the phone, the bullet was very clear, destroyed it and broke it into pieces."
Moments after the gunshot, a man in a ski mask ran past nearby resident Rebecca Goss.
"He said, 'get out of my way, get out of my way,' so we moved out of the way and he took off through the open gate," Goss said.
Notably, this isn't the first time an iPhone has been credited for stopping a bullet. An iPhone 5c may have saved a man's life after it stopped much of a shotgun blast to his abdomen.
Goss blames the gates for the incident which have been open day and night for the past few weeks due to a card key issue. The problem has been resolved and the gates are closed but students are still concerned for their safety.
Alotaibi's roommate, the victim, has already left town.
"He is no longer interested in Fresno, he wants to drop all the courses and he will never come back," Alotaibi said.
Investigators are still searching for the gunman who witnesses say is a big guy, roughly, 5'10 and 170 pounds.
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