The following is a press release from the Bradenton Police Department:
In years past, citizens have celebrated this evening with fireworks, but will also revel by discharging a firearm. The City of Bradenton Police Department is warning their citizens about discharging a firearm into the air on New Year's Eve.
Deputy Chief of Police Warren Merriman said, “We want to remind our citizens that it's a crime to discharge a firearm, and such action can also cause serious bodily injury, or death to an innocent bystander, especially in a densely populated area like the City of Bradenton. When a bullet is fired in the air, it must come down, and when it does it descends at a velocity great enough to penetrate roofs, or metal structures...
"If you hear gunfire within the City of Bradenton, even if you do not where it came from, we ask that you contact the Police Department, because other residents may know who committed the criminal act. Lastly, I strongly encourage our citizens to not discharge their firearms this New Year’s Eve.”
The City of Bradenton Police Department’s Non-Emergency phone number is 941-932-9300.