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Residents in a Northside Jacksonville neighborhood say celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve turns neighborhood into a war zone

5:48 PM, Jan 1, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Random gunfire with no purpose has a Northside neighborhood on edge every New Year's Eve.

"It sounded like a war zone," said Tonya Harris who was in Washington Heights off Moncrief Road on New Year's Eve.

"I left early yesterday (Monday) because the shooting already started about time it got dark," said Harris.

A concerned mother on Ken Knight Drive emailed to say it's sad when families cannot go outside on New Year's Eve for fear of being hit.

The mom said in her email, "I had to keep me and my three children on the ground in the back room for literally six plus hours just to make sure we don't get hit with a stray bullet."

That mom asked that her name not be used, and said she called police three times with officers responding.  She said after the officers left, the shooting started up again.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says falling bullets are very dangerous, since they fall at a rate of between 300-700 miles an hour.

In a warning to Clay County residents to avoid firing guns in celebration, the sheriff's office said those falling bullets can easily pierce a person's skull.

 

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