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Avoid Celebratory Gunfire on New Year's

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Victoria - Victoria Police are reminding residents to avoid celebrating the New Year with gunfire. Celebratory gunfire is an issue across the country. Deaths and injuries are recorded as far back as 1950. 

"Definitely any time a weapon is discharged in the air, the bullet has to come down somewhere especially in the city or any where for that matter. These bullets come down and we don't know where they will come down. It could be a roof, it could be a child playing on the street, we don't know, so it's imperative to make sure we don't shoot up in the air to bring in the New Year," said Sgt. Jimmy McDonald with the Victoria Police Department. 

Over the past decade there have been six incidents in the U.S. where people were either injured or killed due to celebratory gunfire.  Last year, a Texas State Representative was hurt on New Year's Day when he was hit by a stray bullet. 

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