Police: Don't shoot guns on New Year's Eve

HOUSTON Many people ring in the New Year with fireworks, but sometimes people celebrate with gunfire and that puts innocent people at risk. Officers are asking people to leave the guns behind this New Year.

The catchphrase used here by law enforcement is what goes up must come down, and in the case of bullets shot into the air, officers say they come back down at a velocity great enough to kill.

The Houston Police Department and Crime Stoppers held a joint news conference to ask people to not shoot guns into the air on New Year's Eve. It's a crime, they say, and potentially deadly, especially in a densely populated city like Houston.

If you hear gunfire on New Year's Eve, you're asked to call police, even if you don't know where exactly it's coming from.

HPD Assistant Chief Don McKinney said, "It's OK if you go ahead and call us because someone in the area may have found or may know where this gunfire came from, so we can go ahead and try to track them down. Just because you may not know, there may be others who do. So I strongly encourage you to give us a call and we'll try to find out who did it."

If you aren't comfortable calling police if you hear gunfire, the folks at Crime Stoppers urge you to call them instead. That number is 713-222-TIPS.

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