Cell Phone Takes Bullet Intended for NYC Man He's out a phone but keeps his life By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Oct 7, 2010 3:13 PM CDT 7 comments Comments A Harlem man's cell phone absorbed the impact from a bullet, saving his life. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A Harlem resident was spared a gunshot wound by his cell phone today, the New York Post reports. The lucky victim got into a heated argument with another man, who produced a gun and opened fire—only to hit the cell phone in his target's pants pocket. The phone was obliterated, but the man escaped injury and possible death. Police are looking for the shooter, identified by a witness as the building superintendent.