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PHOENIX - Police say three men are in custody for shooting their weapons in the air to celebrate the new year.
Discharging a weapon within the Phoenix city limits is a violation of Shannon's Law. The law was enacted following a 1999 incident where a stray bullet that was fired into the air struck and killed 14-year-old Shannon Smith who was a mile away in her backyard.
Police say they received 129 shots fired calls on New Year's Eve compared to 759 such calls in 2002, which is an 83 percent reduction.
Kiko Sierra, 20, David Sandoval-Garcia, 27, and David Bowles, 35, were arrested and charged with one count of discharging a weapon within city limits. Sierra and Sandoval-Garcia are also charged with misconduct involving weapons.