Saved by the belt: Bullet lodges in worker's buckle

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By Katharine Lackey
USA TODAY

A Philadelphia grocery store worker is counting his blessings after his belt buckle saved him from injury when a stray bullet struck him Wednesday.

Bienvenido Reynoso, 38, was struck by a bullet that lodged in his belt buckle, WPVI reports, during a shooting that happened outside 8 Brothers Supermarket at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the city's Grays Ferry section, police said.

According to police, another man is in critical condition after he was shot in the stomach on the street. A 24-year-old suspect has been arrested and is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Reynoso says he was about to take a hand truck outside the store when the shooting occurred. "I went outside and heard the shots and I hit the floor," he told WPVI.

It wasn't until someone pointed out to him that he had a hole in his shirt that Reynoso discovered a bullet stuck to his belt buckle.

Reynoso told the Associated Press he's keeping the belt for the rest of his life. In an interview with WPVI, Reynoso said he feels "born again" after the ordeal.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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