July Fourth gunfire could be to blame for Bibb woman’s injury

lfabian@macon.comJuly 5, 2013 

A 29-year-old woman was shot while watching fireworks from her front porch on the Fourth of July, the day after sheriff’s deputies warned against celebratory gunfire.

Jenni Rowe, who lives in the 3400 block of Mogul Road, told investigators she heard a popping noise before she was wounded in the upper left shoulder, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

“It sounds like celebratory gunfire. There were no cars going by or anything,” said Lt. Sean DeFoe, public affairs officer for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s still being investigated where the bullet came from.”

Rowe was listed in stable condition Thursday evening.

Deputies issued a warning Wednesday about the dangers of firing a weapon in the air.

“Stray bullets can damage personal property and it can cause personal injury or even death,” the release stated.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has said bullets fired into the air can fall at a rate of 300 to 700 feet per second, enough to kill people. A 4-year-old DeKalb County boy was struck in the head and killed by a bullet that came through a church roof on New Year’s Day 2010.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 746-9441 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68CRIME.

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