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Police warn against celebratory gunfire

David Fisher (Courtesy Memphis Police) David Fisher (Courtesy Memphis Police)

Memphis police issued a warning Friday against celebratory gunfire after a man was injured by a stray bullet Thursday evening.

Memphis Police Major Joe Scott said a 48-year-old man was working in his yard in the 500 block of McKellar around 7:20 p.m. Thursday when he heard several gunshots nearby.  According to Scott, the man felt a sudden sting on his hip, and soon realized he had been grazed by a stray bullet.

In a separate incident, 24-year-old David Fisher was arrested just after midnight Friday morning after he allegedly fired several shots into the air while walking through the Colonial Grand Apartments on Enquiree Court.  Fisher was charged with felony reckless endangerment.  A second suspect, a 17-year-old, was arrested after attempting to hid the gun from police, and was charged with accessory after the fact.

According to Scott, Memphis police receive an "enormous amount" off calls for service during the Fourth of July holiday regarding people firing handguns into the air.

"The Memphis Police Department urges citizens to not deploy firearms during the Independence Day festivities," he said in a press release.

It is against the law, Scott said, to recklessly fire a handgun which may cause serious injuries, property damage, or death.

Random gunfire was blamed for a widespread cable outage in Shelby County on New Year's Day.  More than 20,000 customers were affected by the outage, which officials said happened when bullets from celebratory gunfire struck fiber optic cable equipment.

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