NYE Celebratory Gunfire


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KCPD has released data related to the calls reporting gunfire on NYE.

From 6am to 6pm Dec 31 to Jan 1 there were 317 911 calls for service reporting sound of gunshots.   

During the same time frame, preliminarily, there were just over 200 gunfire alerts by the Shotspotter system (Shotspotter reviews alerts after heavy days such as NYE and July 4th and those final numbers can change over the next week or so)


The high number of shots from any one incident was 51 rounds fired.  

There were 5 incidences reported to police that preliminarily appear to be related to celebratory gunfire.  

These cases are all still under investigation at this time as aggravated assaults, one in the East patrol division, two in the South patrol division, one in the Central patrol division, and one in the North patrol division.  

None of these cases resulted in any injuries to people, but only property damage consisting of things like holes in walls or broken windows.  These numbers could change as more people complete reports in the coming days.


By comparison last year there were 301 911 calls and just over 100 Shotspotter alerts during the same time frame.  There were two homes that sustained similar damage consistent with celebratory gunfire last year and no injuries reported.


It is both illegal and unsafe to discharge a firearm within city limits.

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