2-month-old grazed by bullet from celebratory gunfire in St. Pete
St. Pete police responded to two reports of possible celebratory gunfire incidents which caused injury or property damage on July 4.
The first report came in around 9:45 p.m. on Kingfish Drive Southeast. Police say a 2-month-old was sitting with his mother under a gazebo when he was grazed by a falling bullet.
The baby had a minor, superficial wound and was treated and released from the hospital.
“That 2-month-old tiny baby could have been killed. Thank goodness it was a graze but it's a lesson for everybody to believe us that those bullets can come down and hurt someone,” St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said.
A second report came in around 10:30 p.m. when police say a falling bullet pierced the ceiling of a home on Queensboro Avenue South. The bullet landed in the living room and no one was injured, police add.
“In St. Petersburg, if you fire a bullet in the air it's going to hit a car or house or person we are too populated,” Fernandez said.
Police say it’s difficult to trace the bullets, but they can travel a few miles. And that these incidents are a reminder of how dangerous celebratory gunfire is and how it can cause injury and damage to property.