December 30, 2010
Editor’s note: Good luck on this one. Thousands of people fire guns at midnight on New Year’s Eve. It’s jut another excuse for police to arrest people and confiscate guns.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s a felony in Arizona to randomly fire a weapon, and with New Year’s Eve, a holiday often marked with celebratory gunfire, just days away, police are getting ready to track offenders.
The state law that makes random gunfire illegal is called Shannon’s Law. It was named for a 14-year-old girl who was killed by a random bullet in 1999. Shannon Smith was talking on the phone in the backyard of her Central Phoenix home when she was hit. She died instantly.
Sgt. Brent Coombs of the Glendale Police Department gave Bruce Haffner the lowdown on his department’s high-tech gunfire-detection system. It’s called SpotShotter and it’s extremely accurate.