INDIANAPOLIS – Every year, police warn people to refrain from firing their guns int the air to ring in the New Year.
And every year, people ignore the warning.
This year was no different—and there were some close calls.
In the 3000 block of Euclid Avenue, a bullet went through a bedroom window and landed on a bed just two feet from a sleeping 2-year-old girl.
Although the shot and breaking glass didn’t even wake the girl, her 7-year-old brother heard the crash and ran to get their mom, 30-year-old Donisha Council.
When Council ran into the bedroom, she saw her little girl sleeping near broken glass. A bullet lay near her feet.
“I just thank God,” she said. “Thank God she’s okay.”
By daylight, Council still had no idea who fired the shot that narrowly missed her little girl. She said she felt a mix of anger, fear and relief.
“I think people are ignorant of what can happen,” she said. “They shoot the guns off celebrating on New Year, but who wants to ring in the new year like that?”
Council’s case was just one of several calls to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department over the New Year’s Eve celebration hours.
In the 3500 block of Temple Avenue, duct tape kept cold air from blowing through a bullet hole in the front window of Donella Winfield’s home.
Her family gathering the night before was cut short when a stray shot crashed into her living room and landed less than a foot from her three grandchildren.
When asked if she was angry, she replied, “Yes, because it could have taken one of my grandkids’ life.”
Reports of celebratory gunfire were not confined to any particular Indianapolis neighborhood. Property damage calls were placed from the east side to downtown to the west side.
On Allison Street, near West 38th and Moller, the Aguilar family came home early Tuesday morning to find a bullet sitting on their hallway floor.
It had come down through the roof, through the ceiling and into their home.
Luis Aguilar was glad he and his family hadn’t been home at the time.
“It’s not right,” he told Fox59. “Some innocent person could get shot.”
At each home, police took the stray bullet in for evidence and ballistics records. Those records could prove useful in the future if another bullet fired from any of the same guns ever turns up at a crime scene.