Man says cigarette lighter saved his life as bullets flew toward his home

Man says cigarette lighter saved his life when bullets hit his front porch

ATLANTA — A local man is recovering at home after bullets crashed through his front porch, one of them grazing him in the head.

Channel 2's Audrey Washington was the only reporter to speak with the man, Tyrone Alexander, who lives on Atwood Street in southwest Atlanta.

At around 1 a.m. Alexander decided to smoke a cigarette, but he dropped his lighter at the exact moment someone outside opened fire.

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"If I had not bent over I probably would have got shot in the temple," Alexander told Channel 2 Action News.


Alexander's brother Larue Cooper was home at the time and heard the shots. The brothers have lived at the home with their mother and two other family members for years.

Cooper said they have no enemies and no idea who would do something like this to him.

Alexander is expected to make a full recovery.

Atlanta police are asking anyone with information to contact the department.