Leader calls for halt of celebratory New Year's Eve gunfire - New York News

Church leader calls for halt of celebratory New Year's Eve gunfire

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

Leaders at Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church are pleading with the metro area to stop gun violence.

Traditionally, the church has a midnight service to celebrate the ringing in of the New Year. But this year, the service is dedicated to the lives lost in Newtown, Connecticut.   
    
Ebenezer's senior pastor, Dr. Raphael Warnock, has issued an open invitation to families of gun violence victims and gun injury survivors. He's also calling on pastors, leaders and citizens to demand that guns not be fired in the air on this New Year's Eve.

"We're asking that at 12 midnight, when traditionally lots of people begin to shoot into the air, that this is no time to grab your weapon. Really, this is a time to find a quiet space to reflect on the words of Dr. King, who said that we will either learn to live together as brothers and sisters or die together as fools," said Warnock.

The Atlanta Police Department is also pleading with residents to not fire in the air at midnight. According to the APD's Facebook page, celebratory gunfire is illegal. If caught, a person can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined $1,000.

Arthur Huges had a shell crash through the roof of his Riverdale home on New Year's Eve in 2008. No one was hurt, but it left him shell-shocked.

 "Every year you hate to see New Year's Eve come because you know there's going to be a lot of shooting and someone is going to get injured," said Huges.

In 2009, 4-year-old Marquel Peters was sitting in his church in Decatur when a bullet came through the roof and killed him.  The young boy was sitting in a pew next to his mother, Nathalee,

"She's still heartbroken…She is very committed to slowing down this behavior," said Huges.
 
Huges has posted signs throughout the community to remind people to find another way to ring in the New Year.
 
"There are ways to celebrate like an air horn or fireworks but don't shoot a gun," said Huges. "You can injure someone -- and it's against the law."

The service at Ebenezer Baptist Church began at 10 p.m.  At midnight, the organ at the church will chime 40 times, once for each victim of the Newtown, Connecticut massacre and 12 times for the most violent cities in America.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Man bikes 900 miles to help Georgia girl

    Man bikes 900 miles to help Georgia girl

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:40:42 GMT
    Ten time Ironman, Dave Nazaroff recently rode 900 miles on his bicycle...from Nyack, New York...to Georgia. He didn't do it to get in shape, or to win a competition; he did it to raise money for a 11 year old Callie Truelove in Gainesville, Georgia.
    Ten time Ironman, Dave Nazaroff recently rode 900 miles on his bicycle...from Nyack, New York...to Georgia. He didn't do it to get in shape, or to win a competition; he did it to raise money for a 11 year old Callie Truelove in Gainesville, Georgia.
  • 2014 Southern Living inspired home open for tours

    2014 Southern Living inspired home open for tours

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:37:06 GMT
    It's the first of its kind -- and if you're goal is to live a "perfectly Southern" lifestyle, it might be the home for you. The 2014 Southern Living Inspired Home is now open in Toccoa,
    It's the first of its kind -- and if you're goal is to live a "perfectly Southern" lifestyle, it might be the home for you. The 2014 Southern Living Inspired Home is now open in Toccoa, GA at Currahee Club.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Funeral for man who died after NYPD choke hold arrest

    Funeral for man who died after NYPD choke hold arrest

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:46:09 GMT
    An overflow crowd packed a church on Wednesday night for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent choke hold. Eric Garner's relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing. A preacher opened the service at Brooklyn's Bethel Baptist Church with a mix of solemn prayer and an organ-backed gospel medley.
    An overflow crowd packed a church on Wednesday night for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent choke hold. Eric Garner's relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing. A preacher opened the service at Brooklyn's Bethel Baptist Church with a mix of solemn prayer and an organ-backed gospel medley.
  • Another video shows NYPD cop putting man in choke hold

    Another video shows NYPD cop putting man in choke hold

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:08:13 GMT
    The NYPD is investigating another apparent choke-hold incident during a recent arrest that was captured on video. The video shows a police officer putting a man in a choke hold and then punching him in the face in a subway station in Harlem, police said. A community activist said he received the new video but never had any intention of releasing it to the media.
    The NYPD is investigating another apparent choke-hold incident during a recent arrest that was captured on video. The video shows a police officer putting a man in a choke hold and then punching him in the face in a subway station in Harlem, police said. A community activist said he received the new video but never had any intention of releasing it to the media.
  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
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