Compton, CA (AP)— The first time a gunman tried to fire at theologian Ralph Owens, the bullet didn't discharge. Then, on the second attempt, a bullet ripped into gospel tracts in Owens' pocked and dropped harmlessly to the ground.
A police officer nearby arrived as the gunmen aimed again at Owens, a missionary of the California Laymen's Crusade. Two youths, 18 and 20, were booked on suspicion of robbery and attempted murder. Police said $1.30 had been taken from Owens.
"It was a miracle," Owens said of his escape.