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Celebratory gunfire warning: What goes up comes down

6:49 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Holiday celebrations like July 4th are punctuated with celebratory gunfire, which is illegal and has consequences.

On New Years Eve, a pilot in the air and 8 year-old boy on the ground were both hit by gunfire.

"We were just north of football stadium, 1,200 feet when there was a load pop," said pilot Graham Hill on his YouTube account, describing his experience being hit in the head.

The 8-year-old boy was on the Southbank watching the fireworks with his family. Luke was hit in the right foot by a rifle shot.

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"Had it not hit him in the foot, just a couple of more inches it would have hit him in the head," said his mother Tammy, who did not want her last name used.

JSO said discharging a firearm in the air is illegal.

"Regardless of the day of week or celebrating the holiday, it is illegal to discharge a firearm in the city limits," said JSO Assistant Chief Leonard Propper.

On New Years Eve, JSO received 259 calls from people about guns being discharged in their neighborhoods.   

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