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Man survives shotgun attack after his iPhone takes brunt of blast
A man miraculously survived being shot near his home with a sawn-off shotgun when his iPhone took the brunt of the blast.
The 25-year-old victim sustained serious injuries to his abdomen but managed to get up and head back to his block of flats where emergency services were called.
Ryan Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder at Chester Crown Court. He was also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and is due to be sentenced on 10 July.
The incident took place when the victim approached a group of teenagers who had turned of the water supply to the block of flats where he lived.
During a confrontation, the teenager pulled out the shotgun and fired it at the victim.
The firearm was later recovered by police wrapped in clingfilm and concealed under a bush - with the spent cartridge still inside.
Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre from Cheshire Police said if the victim's phone had not been in his pocket "he would undoubtedly have died".
Duggan's actions that night were extreme and shocking - the victim went outside to speak to the group about the fact they had turned off the water supply resulting in the defendant shooting him with a powerful weapon.
Fortunately, the victim's mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived. This is remarkable - had that phone not been in his pocket at that time he would undoubtedly have died.
Whilst I hope that the conclusion of this case today brings about a degree of closure for the victim I am fully aware of the impact this case has had no him and the fact that the devastating injuries he sustained will affect him for the rest of his life.
Despite making good progress he still requires treatment for his injuries - including further operations and rehabilitation. The nightmare is far from over.
- DET INSP GARY MCINTYRE FROM CHESHIRE POLICE
Last updated Fri 22 May 2015