Community leaders join together asking residents to cease celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve
On Thursday, December 29, Miami-Dade Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado held their annual press conference at Williams Park in Overtown asking the community to cease celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve. Called “One Bullet Kills the Party,” the event brings together community leaders who all warn that shooting guns in the air can seriously injure or kill innocent victims.
Two years ago, a 6-year-old Italian boy visiting the Design District with his family created headlines when he was struck by a stray bullet on New Year’s Eve and was treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), bullets shot into the air can climb two miles and then fall at a rate of 300 to 700 feet per second.
Several community leaders joined Vice Chairwoman Edmonson and Mayor Regalado, including City of Miami Commissioners Michelle Spence-Jones and Willy Gort; City of Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa; Miami-Dade County Police Majors Garry Jeanniton and Mark Jeter; Demetrius Woody from Planet Pit, representing PitBull, a spokesperson of the campaign; Rev. James Paceley and Nathaniel Wilcox of PULSE; the Rev. Eddie Lake from Overtown's Greater Bethel AME Church, the Rev. Walter T. Richardson, chair of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board; Hector F. Schwerert representing Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez; Pastor Charles Dinkins from Hosanna Missionary Baptist Church; Allapattah activist Mariano Cruz; and other representatives from the community, clergy and law enforcement.