Police, victims warn against firing guns on New Year's Eve

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Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

(AP) -- Police are cautioning people not to fire guns into the air to bring in the new year.

People being struck by stray bullets is not common but does occur. A University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill student was wounded and required surgery when she was struck by a bullet a year ago while celebrating New Year's Eve in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Boys in Ohio and Georgia were also wounded a year ago by random gunfire.

Police and ballistics experts warn that heedlessly firing guns into the air to celebrate the holidays can have serious consequences.

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