Fat Lady: My Love Handles Stopped a Bullet

Bystander survives Atlantic City shooting, doesn't want to diet anymore
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2010 12:50 PM CST
Fat Lady: My Love Handles Stopped a Bullet
Samantha Lynn Frazier, 35, of Florida, talks about a gunshot that hit her in the abdomen at the Egg Harbor Township, NJ, home where she is staying, Feb. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Vernon Ogrodnek)

Samantha Lynn Frazier has sworn off dieting after surviving an Atlantic City shooting in a particularly unusual fashion: “My love handles saved my life,” she says. Frazier had just arrived in Atlantic City, and was out on the boardwalk headed for a bar with her friend when she heard two pops, and then, later, felt a rush of pain, she tells the Press of Atlantic City. “I’ve been shot,” she said, and passed out.

She awoke in a hospital trauma center; the bullet had hit nothing vital, only fat. Police say she was an innocent bystander; the real target was an unidentified man who escaped with a bullet hole in his jacket. “I’d been hollering how I want to lose weight,” Frazier says. “I don't want to anymore. I want to be as big as I can if it's going to stop a bullet.” (Read more shooting stories.)

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