The Macon Police Department joined the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in calling for an end to celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve and other days, saying bullets that go up must come down quickly and dangerously.
Known as celebratory gunfire, bullets fired nearly straight up can come down at about 300 feet per second. Of people who get hit with those bullets, 32 percent will die, said police department spokeswoman Jami Gaudet.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sean DeFoe said one car was found damaged by a falling bullet on New Year’s Day in 2009, at the Manchester At Wesleyan apartments.
In November of this year, a grandmother was grazed by a bullet that came through her car windshield as she went to pick up the kids at the Olympia Family Fun Center.
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“Even though the stats are low, the chances are grave,” DeFoe said. “It takes just one bullet to injure someone or fatally wound someone, and one’s too many in my book.”
A 4-year-old, Marquel Peters, was killed by a bullet that fell through his church near Decatur two years ago.
DeKalb County has launched an awareness campaign against celebratory gunfire, called Marquel’s Pledge.