American injured in Istanbul attack was saved by his phone
William Jacob Raak was one of 600 people partying inside the Reina nightclub on New Year's Day when a gunman entered and opened fire at around 1:15 a.m. The attack killed at least 39 people, many of them foreigners, and injured close to 70 others.
Raak, who was at the club with a friend from Dubai, was shot in the hip. His brother, Michael Raak, told NBC10 that the bullet "hit his phone" before traveling to Jacob Raak's knee.
Doctors told Raak that the cell phone prevented the bullet from hitting a major artery, likely saving the American's life.
In an interview with NBC News, Raak said he laid on the floor of the nightclub and played dead as the gunman moved through the bloody scene. "When he shot me I didn't move — I just let him shoot me. I was shot when I was already on the ground. He was shooting people that he had already shot," FOX News cited him as saying.