Shannon's Law Reminds Revelers of Stray Gunshot Dangers - New York News

Shannon's Law Reminds Revelers of Stray Gunshot Dangers

Posted:

Can you tell the difference between gunshots and fireworks going off? Some people can't, and Phoenix police are now gearing up for a very busy New Year's Eve.

Fireworks are now being sold in the valley, and that could lead to more people lighting fireworks this Friday. Police believe people might confuse those fireworks for gunshots and call 911.

"A lot of people can't tell...if you see somebody participating, we can look into it," says Sgt. Tommy Thompson with Phoenix Police.

Phoenix police are sending 200 extra officers to patrol neighbors this New Year's Eve. Officers will be cracking down on those who shoot off fireworks, but most will focus on these areas where celebratory gunshots are a big problem.

Those areas are 35th avenue to 43rd avenue, from Peoria to Thunderbird, 7th avenue to 19th avenue from Thomas to Camelback, and 35th avenue to 43rd avenue from Thomas to McDowell. Those are areas in which there were "shots fired" calls last year on New Year's Eve.

"I'd ask people to be responsible and don't fire a gun out in the air because it can kill people," says Otis Smith, whose daughter Shannon was killed by random gunfire on New Year's Eve back in 1999. Smith was an 8th grader who was on the phone in her backyard in Phoenix when a bullet fell from the sky and killed her.

Her death is the inspiration for Shannon Law, which makes it illegal to fire a gun into the air.

"We had Shannon for 14 wonderful years, we celebrate that we don't forget her."

Although buying fireworks is legal, in most valley cities, lighting them up is not. Fireworks users can be cited.

Related Story: Glendale Police Detect Random Gunfire with Sensors

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 3 NJ mayors to announce anti-crime plan

    3 NJ mayors to announce anti-crime plan

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:03:29 GMT
    The mayors of three of New Jersey's largest cities are announcing a joint initiative to combat violent crime. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres have scheduled a news conference in Jersey City for Monday afternoon to announce the plan. The news conference is being held in one of Jersey City's most crime-plagued neighborhoods.
    The mayors of three of New Jersey's largest cities are announcing a joint initiative to combat violent crime. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres have scheduled a news conference in Jersey City for Monday afternoon to announce the plan. The news conference is being held in one of Jersey City's most crime-plagued neighborhoods.
  • Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:26:19 GMT
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
  • Man dies trapped in elevator shaft

    Man dies trapped in elevator shaft

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:06:40 GMT
    New York City NewsNew York City News
    A man died after becoming trapped between an elevator shaft and elevator car in the Bronx, said police. Police were called to 680 Tinton Ave. in The Bronx at about 3:55 a.m. on Monday. The man was found unconscious between the 18th and 19th floors. It is not clear how the man became trapped. A police investigation was underway. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
    A man died after becoming trapped between an elevator shaft and elevator car in the Bronx, said police. Police were called to 680 Tinton Ave. in The Bronx at about 3:55 a.m. on Monday. The man was found unconscious between the 18th and 19th floors. It is not clear how the man became trapped. A police investigation was underway. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices