Miami Officials Plead With Residents; No Celebratory Gun Fire On New Years Eve Please
Miami, Fla. -
A list of Miami officials including Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa held a new conference at Williams Park urging city residents to not shoot their guns into the air to ring in the new year. In years past, people have been hurt or killed by falling bullets.
Mayor Regalado said he understand people wanting to celebrate the new year, but in densely populated areas like Miami, shooting guns into the air is not only illegal but it also recklessly endangers the life of others, some not even at the party.
An 11-year-old boy playing hide-and-seek behind a couch on Dec. 31, 2007, was struck and killed by five bullets after a man fired celebratory shots into the furniture. In 2010 an Italian tourist was hit. "One bullet can kill a party" said the mayor.