An iPhone 12 has apparently saved a businessman’s life after two gunmen opened fire on him while he was talking outside his restaurant and a direct head shot was stopped by the phone.
Two gunmen opened fire on Max Mqadi, 51, outside his restaurant Max’s Lifestyle in the South African township of Umlazi in the province of Durban last Thursday, 14th October.
The news site IOL reported that the gunmen, who have yet to be identified, approached Max outside the restaurant while he was on the phone.
They opened fire at close range in what cops believe was a premeditated assassination attempt, and one of the bullets went directly towards Max’s head.
However, as seen in the images, the top corner of Max’s iPhone 12 stopped the bullet and apparently saved his life.
An unnamed friend posted photos of the blood-smeared phone on social media with the caption: “iPhone 12 couldn’t penetrate the bullet into his head as he was on the phone. Oh God uyaphila indeed.”
Another caption read: “His phone saved him. God is able.”
On Friday, 15th October, Max’s family shared a statement online saying that he survived the attack despite being shot four times.
“Mr Mqadi was shot at close range by unknown gunmen as he was leaving our globally renowned restaurant in Umlazi.”
According to Max’s Lifestyle’s website, it is a high-end venue where people from all walks of life gather for traditional meals, drinks and to listen to live music.
The police have opened an investigation into the shooting and no further information has been released yet.
There have also been no further updates on Max’s current condition by the authorities or his family.