Bullet Bounces Off of Victim’s Face and Kills Robber

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Crime doesn’t pay, but it can shoot back.

Police say 16-year-old Clifton Chatman’s death is the result of a botched Dec. 14 robbery near a public housing complex in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. In the attempted mugging, the teen and three accomplices ambushed a man and demanded his cell phone and other belongings.

The victim complied and the robbers began to rummage through the loot, but one of them pulled out a handgun and fired at the man. But then the round struck the man’s face, ricocheted and struck Chapman, killing him on the spot.

The other suspects fled the scene and when police arrived, the found the robbery victim, and Chatman, who was identified later.

Last week, police arrested a 16-year-old suspect in connection with the robbery, but they did not say whether or not he was the shooter, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The robbery victim was hospitalized and survived his injuries, police said.

48 comments
RacismForSale
RacismForSale

The bullet is racist. Where's Al and Jessie at?

mizaun
mizaun

Oh, if only that was caught on video.

balloons
balloons

Google images confirms the tale. Next thing to find out is if anybody saw anything.

eagle11772
eagle11772

I don't believe this story is true.

ccopeland48
ccopeland48

The media likes to play one side against the other. No known race of the robbers. Unknown race for the victim in this case. It's funny how the media picks and choose certain individuals of any race period to demonize at their own whim. We've entered the age of puppet media at it's pinnacle. People should shun media outlets as a whole none of them can be trusted to have  a shred of integrity. 

rdowell1
rdowell1

what goes around come back around....literally

chinaman03
chinaman03

i didn't believe in a supreme being, until this story. i hope this supreme being shows more of his/her presence at all corners of the world.

garrywbuchan
garrywbuchan

Instant Karma's gonna get you
Gonna knock you right on the head
You better get yourself together
Pretty soon you're gonna be dead

John Lennon

hippisamongus
hippisamongus

Why do we always have to go elsewhere to find i picture of a criminal when it happens to be a negro?

dwu850
dwu850

act of god or this guy is rubber man

LordBoy
LordBoy

No bullet can bounce off the face of a man, it cannot happen.  The like has never even happened on the Three Stooges, for I have seen every episode.

ddavel544
ddavel544

Sweet justice was served. Nice story and all, just wish there were more details. Also makes for questioning: why would they stick around and 'rummage' through the stuff? Most all these types beat feet once they got the goods. Why shoot the guy in the face and add a murder rap? Why haven't the other 2 hoods been caught yet? We have the dead kids name, why not the robbery victims name? Why does the"news" choose to omit the race, yet report the white race of a perp in a 'knockout game' of another unrelated story? To many questions and not enough news these days!

EyeKantSpeell
EyeKantSpeell

Not sure weather to laugh or feel sad about this when I first read the headline.

xwagner76
xwagner76

In the two weeks since this story, has an intrepid reporter ascertained the race of the perp or victim? What caliber weapon was used?

JamesBondo
JamesBondo

this is a failed attemt at arificial itelegence in editing or any intelegence at all-----sounds like a story my 5 yr old nephew would make up.

DennisScottMoore
DennisScottMoore

I think that almost ANY story we see on the internet is initially short on details & full of questionable statements.   I feel that in part....we can blame the technology itself.    We're living in an age of 'We gotta' know NOW!'     Whether it's a major television news network....or one of their sites......they all HAVE to be the 1st to get the story out there.    Check back 24 hours from now, and this same story will have been amended or added to.    

HandsomeNord
HandsomeNord

This article is terribly written.  I suspect I put more time into this comment than the author did into their entire piece.  Instant news is great, but you can spare a minute for editing.

PJPower
PJPower

Where is TIME getting their journalists lately? Is it too much to expect a little explanation? For example, how and why did the bullet conveniently ricochet off of the victims face and boomerang back at one of the perpetrators..? My little cousin Timmy needs a part time job are there any vacancies?

AdrianSanchez
AdrianSanchez

It would be nice if the amazing journalists at Time would elaborate and at least make an effort to explain how the bullet ricocheted off of a man's face.  I know, I know.  I'm asking too much.  I realize that we live in a world of twitter and 140 character comments.  I need to start lowering my expectations.  

Openminded1
Openminded1

In 30 years in law enforcement that is a first for me. Ricocheted off cars, buildings, side walks, etc never off someones face. poetic justice i love it.

WilliamBarnes
WilliamBarnes

@ccopeland48 What a strange comment to make. I, as most people probably did, read the article due to the fact that a bullet bouncing off a person's face is astounding, and wanted more details. And you come on with a tirade against the midia?

SteveFoerster
SteveFoerster

@chinaman03  While this is an interesting and unusual thing to happen, it's hardly evidence for the supernatural.

IzzyJaecks
IzzyJaecks

@LordBoy It's not likely that the bullet "bounced" off the face of the robbery victim's face from a direct shot.  At the correct angle, it could have glanced off the robbery victim's face, like the cheek bone, and the angle of deflection was *just right* to hit one of the muggers.  Something doesn't have to be probable to be possible.

KMitchell
KMitchell

@LordBoy It may have been a glancing hit across the skull or teeth.  Ricochets don't often have enough force to be dangerous but at a wide angle it would have bounced more easily and had greater penetration when contacting the second individual. 

ChuckStuffUp
ChuckStuffUp

@JamesBondo You're hardly an expert on intelligence; I've seen thrice-encrypted codes that are easier to read than your statement.

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

@DennisScottMoore The internet media outlets have to be the first even if the stories are incomplete or in error. The managers of these sites are judged by relevance, comments, likes, clicks, shares and other analytics.  If they can reword the article several times and maintain the interest even better.  Job security.

JerryD
JerryD

@AdrianSanchez  The bullet had to be shot straight at the victim's face and hit his cheek bone.

That must have redirected the bullet away from the victim and toward Chatman, who had to be standing behind the victim.

TommyGMyers
TommyGMyers

@Openminded1   The robbery victim took a hard nosed approach to the unfortunate situation that had just occured. ;)


HateToSayItbut
HateToSayItbut

@JerryD, a .22 round, and even a .32, can easily be deflected by a solid object. Even a hard plastic button can drastically change the trajectory of a .22 round.

AdrianSanchez
AdrianSanchez

@JerryD Yes.  You're right.  We could always speculate and make up our own theories.  Journalism has taken quite the fall my friend.  We might as well just read the headlines.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@TommyGMyers @Openminded1 he was one lucky sob, not so for the dirt bag thug. Which makes me want to find his family and laugh my ass off. talk about Karma.