Shots fired in celebration ruin July 4th festivities - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Shots fired in celebration ruin July 4th festivities

Memphis police say every year they receive a huge number of calls during the Independence Day festivities about people shooting guns in the air in celebration.

Investigators responded to a call just after midnight Friday from the Colonial Square Apartments in Cordova, where David Fisher was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after he walked through the apartment complex shooting into the air with a nine-millimeter weapon.

A 17-year-old was also arrested in that incident for trying to hide the gun from police.

Police say no one was hit by any of the bullets Fisher fired.

But a stray bullet shattered what should have been a quiet Fourth of July for one Mid-south family.

AAU Basketball Coach Kater Jones was grazed while mowing his yard in the 500 block of McKellar Thursday.

Jones thought someone was shooting off fireworks.

"As I was mowing, I heard something hit like a slap. When I turned I didn't see anybody," he said.

Jones says a man working out back asked if he had heard a gunshot.

"I looked down...that's when I had a hole in my shirt and in my pants," said Jones, who realized a a bullet had grazed the side of his stomach. "Its bad...you are out mowing your yard and all of a sudden it happened."

Jones' neighbor says she won't change what she does on the Fourth. "A stray bullet don't care who it hits, so why should I hide. I can't hide from that."

Other neighbors said they planned to stay inside during this weekend's celebrations.


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