How a Redditor’s life was saved by a Razer gaming headset


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At round 10:30 AM on the morning of March 31, 2022, Jonathan Gonzalez of Torrance, California was chatting to his pals whereas gaming on his Ps, when he acquired up to have a look at his telephone. Then, an unidentified particular person shot a stray bullet by means of Gonzalez’s window, grazing the highest of his Razer Kraken headphones. The bullet went by means of the scarf of the headphones, struck a close-by wall and fell to the ground.

Hey, my identify is Jonathan Gonzalez, I’m from Torrance California and I used to be virtually killed by a stray bullet, however Razer saved my life.

Quickly after, he scurried onto the /r/razer subreddit, the place he was fast to recount his story, below his username Enough_Dance_956, with a picture of the now broken headphones, and follow-up posts clarifying precisely what occurred. We had the chance to speak to Gonzalez instantly, who recounted his dalliance with loss of life. ‘I used to be virtually killed by a keep bullet, however Razer saved my life.’ he recounted to us.

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A picture posted on Reddit by Gonzalez after the incident.

‘At first, I didn’t know what occurred till I seemed in direction of my window. I hadn’t seen the bullet gap but, however I observed my curtains acquired ripped off of my wall (that’s how highly effective the bullet got here by means of) and I saved pondering “wtf occurred” and observe I’ve my headphones on nonetheless. So, I seize my headphones to take them off and observed a gap by means of the highest of my headset. And I’m nonetheless pondering “wtf” so after that I didn’t actually know a lot, so I put them down.’

Nonetheless, curiosity turned to horror as Gonzalez, 18, moved his curtains and noticed the bullet gap ‘It took me like 10 [seconds] to course of what occurred’ He then known as his mother and father, who rang legislation enforcement.

By no means in my life [I] thought I’d’ve been killed in my very own room… By no means.

A bullet hole left in the aftermath
The bullet gap left within the window, close to the place Gonzalez was talking to his pals.

After wanting on the pictures, it’s doable that the bullet handed by means of the scarf of the headset, after which struck the wall. Regardless of the harm, the headphones nonetheless work. ‘My household have been so blissful I used to be sporting these headphones.’ It’s believable that if Gonzalez wasn’t sporting his Razer Kraken headphones, which he said he acquired off of Amazon for $50, he may have been injured way more grievously.

The aftermath

Gonzalez continued to recount that he hugged his mother and father afterwards and remained in a state of shock. ‘ I saved pondering in my head, I virtually fu***ing died.’ He continues ‘I’m solely 18 years outdated, and I virtually misplaced my life reason for a dumba** with a gun.’ As Gonzalez was nonetheless shaken, the Metropolis of Torrance Police Division arrived to take pictures of the bullet and investigated the home, earlier than taking the bullet which nearly struck the Redditor away as proof.

He remarks to us, a day after the occasion: ‘It’s Friday now, and I’m nonetheless attempting to recover from it’, Gonzalez typed into Reddit’s chat app. ‘I’m simply very blissful that god and this headset gave me a second likelihood to dwell. If it wasn’t for each of them, I’d have been useless.’ Gonzalez clarified that he’s unhurt, and solely stays with a headache. ‘The cops stated it was a 9mm, there was a taking pictures on the block behind my home’ he additional clarified within the feedback part of his Reddit posts.

The Redditor said ‘Yea, Razer reached out to me to see if I used to be okay.’ and continued ‘I simply wished to thank them with all of my coronary heart.’ We reached out to Razer instantly for remark, who said that they have been conscious of the incident, and have been getting ready a ‘care bundle’ to ship to Gonzalez instantly.

Gonzalez’s expertise yesterday is an sadly frequent story within the US. However, the FBI doesn’t monitor stray bullet deaths in the USA, and attributes over 40,000 deaths yearly on account of weapons. Chris Hermann, a gun violence skilled on the John Jay School of Felony Justice in New York estimates that one to 2 p.c of firearms-related deaths are stray bullet killings. ‘When there was a ten p.c enhance in shootings, one would see a ten p.c enhance in unintended targets’

Gonzalez said that though he had no luck shopping for scratch playing cards the day earlier than, he’d be choosing up a lottery ticket after his luck with surviving this near-death expertise.


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