'Bullet Bra': Brooklyn Woman Says Her Bra Strap Stopped Bullet At Mass Shooting

Cops say the possibly gang-related incident at a block party killed one man and injured at least 11 others.

July 31, 2019
Daniesa Murdaugh [Pix 11/screenshot]

Photo by: Daniesa Murdaugh [Pix 11/screenshot]

Daniesa Murdaugh [Pix 11/screenshot]

By: Mike McPadden

BROOKLYN, NY — A college student allegedly caught in the crossfire of a mass shooting has stated that her bra strap stopped a bullet that otherwise could have killed her, according to multiple reports.

Daniesa Murdaugh, 21, told reporters she was one of thousands of attendees at the Old Timers Day celebration in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn on July 27, when gunfire tore into the crowd at around 11 P.M.

NYPD Assistant Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said that bullets struck a total of seven men and five women, ranging in age from 21 to 55.

Murdaugh allegedly took a blast to the back, but she came away with no major injuries. Remarkably, she said, the bullet lodged in her bra strap, which prevented the projectile from potentially penetrating her spine.

Talking to WCBS-TV, Murdaugh said, “When we turned around to run I heard two shots go off, and I was hit in my back. I was on the floor panicking. I couldn't breathe. Everyone was surrounding me. My heart was racing. I was feeling faint. I couldn't stand up.”

Odessa Martin, Murdaugh’s mother, told the New York Post, “When the EMS unhooked her bra, the bullet was just sitting in the bra strap and it just fell out. It got caught in there. There were fragments still in the skin, but it was a graze. It was a regular bra. The threading of it, because we’re thick girls, is thicker. And it got caught in the back part of the bra.”

Murdaugh, who is studying liberal arts at Kingsborough Community College, told WPIX-TV that she has hasn’t slept or left her block since the shooting, and that she is experiencing panic attacks.

On the possibility that the violence may have been gang-related, Murdaugh said, “Little beefs escalate into violence in two seconds. Why should I have to walk the streets in fear because I could get hit by a stray bullet, because of two people who don’t know how to be men?”

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