Toddler struck by random gunfire on New Year's Eve in Arizona
PHOENIX - Random gunfire struck and injured a toddler on New Year's Eve in a Phoenix backyard, police said Wednesday.
The 3-year-old boy was expected to survive the wound left by a bullet fragment Tuesday night, the Arizona Republic reported.
Police are searching for whoever fired the shots, said Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune.
Though it wasn't immediately clear why the shots were fired, shooting guns into the air to celebrate the New Year and other holidays is a longstanding practice in some places.
In Arizona, the practice became a felony punishable by up to two years in prison after a stray bullet killed a 14-year-old girl in Phoenix.
The measure stiffening penalties was called “Shannon's Law” after Shannon Smith, who was killed by a stray bullet in 1999.
Since then, police have knocked on doors to warn people about firing guns on holidays. They can also use a system called ShotSpotter, a system that pinpoints the location where a gun has been fired.