Glendale police try to prevent random gunfire

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GLENDALE -- The city of Glendale started a door-to-door campaign, warning residents to be vigilant about the use of their weapons around the new year.

Police want to stop celebratory gunfire

Glendale police officers are trying to get the word out about how dangerous random gunfire can be. On Tuesday, the officers hung fliers on doors and fences throughout the community. The fliers warn that they do not take celebratory gunfire lightly.

The Glendale Police Department has a system that can distinguish gunfire from fireworks and can pinpoint the origin to within 10 feet of where it occurred.

Police say too many innocent lives have been lost and this is their statement against it.

"We know that what goes up must come down and it will come down at a high velocity," said Glendale police Officer Phillip Washington. "Someone could get hurt, injured, and death may occur so we want to make sure that people go ahead and not do it."

Falling bullets can penetrate buildings, rooftops and cars.

Arizona passed Shannon's Law in 2000, which makes it a felony to discharge firearms randomly into the air.

The law was named after Shannon Smith. The 14-year-old Phoenix girl died after being struck in the head by a stray bullet.