Police warn not to celebrate New Year’s Eve with gunfire

Police warn not to celebrate New Year’s Eve with gunfire

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond police are reminding citizens not to ring in the New Year with celebratory gunfire and that it is illegal.

RPD’s Community Care Unit says there were more than 50 homicides within the city during 2019, and 88 percent of those murders were committed with a firearm.

Also, 44 percent of aggravated assaults were used with a firearm.

If someone is injured due to celebratory gunfire, the person who fired the gun can face a felony charge, thanks to “Brendon’s Law.”

The law went into effect a few years ago following the death of 7-year-old Brendon Mackey, who was struck by a bullet before a fireworks display at Swift Creek Reservoir on July 4, 2013.

No arrests have been made in that case.

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