Local police warn celebratory gunfire in NYE can be fatal

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Each year, police departments across the country are warning residents and visitors to avoid firing their guns in the air for “celebratory shots”.

This happens at the start of the New Year, July 4th and other holidays. Sometimes this results in property damage or damage or, even worse, personal injury.

On July 4, a Suffolk baby was grazed by a stray bullet. Police at the time said the celebratory gunfire was likely to blame.

Portsmouth Police issued a press release on Thursday urging people not to engage in celebratory shooting. City officials will proactively patrol the city to combat reckless gunfire in the air on New Year’s Eve.

Police said stray bullets from celebratory gunfire hit homes in Portsmouth every year.

“This dangerous activity not only causes property damage and endangers the lives of residents, but it also causes confusion and stress. The Portsmouth Police Department wishes to remind citizens that stray bullets are never harmless and that celebratory shots can be fatal, ”Portsmouth Police said.

Police continued, “There are many ways to celebrate 2022 without putting the lives of others at risk. “

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