Police warn of 'celebratory' gunfire after injury

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by Sara Roth and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

PORTLAND – Police warned Portland Metro-area residents against shooting their guns in celebration on New Year’s Eve after numerous calls last year and an injury the year before.

Just moments into 2012, Forest Grove police responded to calls of several shots fired and found a 7-year-old boy injured by a stray bullet that went into his home.

"The child was very fortunate to only sustain minor injuries," said Forest Grove police Capt. Mike Herd.

He added that investigators later found 47 shots had been fired and several vehicles were damaged.

Last year, Portland police responded to 16 calls involving someone firing a gun on New Year’s Eve, said Sgt. Pete Simpson.

He warned bullets falling from the air can injure or kill someone. In order to help avoid tragedy, police asked metro area residents to refrain from firing gunshots into the air Tuesday night.

Firing a gun within city limits is illegal, police said. Anyone who hears gunfire should call 911.

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