Bra Saves Woman's Life in Deadly Brooklyn Shooting

A woman has described how she miraculously survived a mass shooting at a block party in Brooklyn, New York, after her bra strap stopped a bullet from penetrating her back.

Daniesa Murdaugh, 21, one was of thousands of people who attended the Old Timers Day event on July 27 when the shooting occurred around 11 p.m., leaving one person dead and at least 11 others injured.

Murdaugh described how she was shot in the back after getting caught up in the fire, but was lucky enough not to escape with more serious injuries after her bra strap managed to stop a bullet hitting her in the spine.

"My bra strap, thank God it was there, because it was thick enough to save it because if it wasn't there it would have went deeper than it was," she told Pix11.

Describing the scene when the shooting started as people were exiting towards the playground area of the Brownsville Recreational Center to CBS New York, 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."

Speaking to New York Post, Murdaugh's mother, Odessa Watson, added: "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," Watson added. "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."

Police are still investigating the shooting which left one 38-year-old male dead. New York Police commissioner James O'Neill said the force is looking into whether the shooting was gang-related.

In a press conference, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the usually peaceful event was a positive representation of the Brownsville community.

"I want to make clear this tragedy does not define Brownsville," De Blasio said, Patch reported. "[It] Does not define the people of Brownsville and does not define what's happening on the ground in a community that has worked so hard and come so far."

In a statement, New York Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams added: "The plague of gun violence that infects our city and our nation is devastating and pervasive. Our country experiences a mass shooting nearly every day, although it doesn't always make the headlines. And the acts of gun violence occurring daily on the streets are themselves one continuous mass shooting.

"Every act of violence is a tragedy, each loss heartbreaking. We cannot become numb to that pain or to the incidents that cause it, we must meet each with strength, resolve, and action toward preventing the next. These shootings may be frequent, but they can never be normal."

File photo of a New York Police Department (NYPD) car. A woman survived a mass hooting shooting in Brooklyn because her bra stopped a bullet. Spencer Platt