Selma Police Frustrated by New Year's Gunfire

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SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Police in Selma responded to more than a dozen calls for celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve despite asking the public to stop the dangerous practice.

Police Chief William Riley told the Selma Times-Journal ( ) that his officers are trying to get people to break the habit, popular on New Year's Eve and Independence Day.

He said falling bullets can strike a home, vehicle or person.
Riley said the first calls reporting gunfire started around 7:30 p.m. and continued into the early hours of New Year's Day.

Police can arrest residents for recklessly handling firearms.

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