PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Police Department’s Shannon’s Law operations continue to have a positive impact on reducing random gunfire on New Year’s Eve.
Phoenix Police said on Wednesday that there was an 11 percent decrease in random gunfire this New Year’s Eve compared to last.
Shannon’s Law was inspired by the 1999 death of 14-year-old Shannon Smith who was killed when she was struck by a random bullet that was fired into the air more than a mile away.
Shannon’s Law is now in its 10th year, and reports of “shots fired” has dropped by 65 percent over that time.
Despite the added effort to reduce gunfire on New Year’s Eve, there are still those who choose to welcome in the New Year by firing a gun.
Ernesto Mejia De La Cueva, 22, is one of the people who was arrested over New Year’s Eve for allegedly shooting a gun.
When asked why he was firing a gun, De La Cueva reportedly told police that he, “wanted to make noise for the New Year.”
Police said they also arrested 63-year-old Jose Garcia Lopez and 32-year-old Louis Martinez for shooting firearms on New Year’s Eve.
All three men were booked into the Maricopa County Jail for unlawful discharge of a firearm within the city limits, which is a class 6 felony.