PD warn of dangers, consequences of random fire

PD warn of dangers, consequences of random fire

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PHOENIX -

Phoenix and Glendale Police are reminding valley residents about the dangers of random gunfire as New Year's Eve draws closer.

Officers went door to door in some Phoenix neighborhoods passing out 40,000 fliers warning about the danger. Glendale Police will take to the neighborhood on Friday.

Back in 1999, 14-year-old Shannon Smith was killed by a random gunshot in her backyard. It's now illegal to shoot a gun into the air, under Shannon's Law.

"If you fire a weapon in the city, carelessly, if it's not a justified reason, like self-defense or something like that, if you just fire to celebrate, that's a class 6 felony that could wind you up in prison," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

Perpetrators could spend 5 years in prison.

As for Glendale, police say they have strategically placed sensors throughout the city that detect and locate gunfire.

Police say the approach is working, despite a slight uptick last year.

Random gunshots during the New Year's holiday in Phoenix have dropped about 80 percent.

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