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A taste of ‘celebratory’ gunfire

Those were definitely not fireworks. Multiple people reported hearing gunfire for a while on New Year’s Eve. Thankfully no one was hurt.

From Reddit RVA and a tip from EK

This bullet was lodged in the upstairs window frame on the back of my house after last night’s gunfire in the East End. About ten feet from my bed, and missed a much larger window a few feet away. I wasn’t home when it happened. Luckily it only broke the outer pane of glass and didn’t land in somebody’s brain.The cop I reported it to said they’d responded to at least five similar reports today..”.

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Found a 9 MM bullet that landed on the street next to car over on Libby.

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We heard well over a hundred gunshots in the thirty minutes following midnight. I realize that sounds incredible, but it doesn’t take that many 15 round magazines to get to that number. More disturbingly, some of the gunfire sounded like it came from higher capacity magazines and/or automatic weapons.

I’ve said this before: Is there any way to encourage folks to use blanks (i.e. Just gunpowder, no bullets)? Not ideal, but seems like that would be a lot safer.

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I don’t know if there’s a way to stop ‘celebratory’ gunfire completely, but the more media attention it gets will hopefully make people think twice about doing such a stupid, damaging and potentially deadly thing.

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By the way, this particular incident happened in Fulton Hill, a few blocks from the intersection of Government Rd an Williamsburg Ave.

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Fulton Hill is another kill zone. Not as bad as it was in the 90’s and early 2000’s though.