Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Gun Fire will NOT be Tolerated

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Tuesday December 31, 2013, 1:05 PM

LASD - HQ Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff

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Community: *Joint Press Release* Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire will Not Be Tolerated in the City or County of Los Angeles
*Joint Press Release*Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire will Not December 31, 2013
Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire will Not be Tolerated in the
City and County of Los Angeles

Los Angeles: Every year, a significant number of people throughout the City and County of Los Angeles engage in the extremely dangerous practice of discharging firearms into the air to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. In an effort to educate and warn the public of the problem, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) have embarked upon an awareness campaign. This campaign is designed to help reduce incidents of indiscriminate gunfire that, while on the decline, has continued to be a deadly tradition in our County and in our City.

The Gunfire Reduction Campaign aims to advise the community that celebrating the New Year with gunfire will not be tolerated in the County and City of Los Angeles. California Penal Code Section 246.3 prohibits negligent discharging of firearms. Any person who violates Section 246.3 will have their firearm confiscated and will be arrested for a felony crime.

Today, LAPD Commander Justin Eisenberg and LASD Sheriff Lee Baca held a news conference to publicize their concern about holiday-related celebratory gunfire. To make a significant impact on this problem, thousands of “Don’t Shoot” flyers and posters have been printed and distributed to the community. It is the hope of both agencies that with the partnership of the media and the distribution of “Don’t Shoot” flyers, the public will be informed regarding the dangers and dire consequences of this irresponsible act.

In addition to the Gunfire Reduction Campaign, a technological tool called the Shotspotter is assisting Deputies in the field with locating people who fire guns. This piece of advanced technology is deployed at Century Sheriff’s Station areas and can pinpoint gunfire within a few feet of where the shots were fired. “This is beneficial because it can tell the Deputies where the suspect is located and the data allows them to develop violence suppression strategies and tactical plans. This has been an extremely successful crime fighting initiative and one of many tools that help decrease crime in the County,” said Sheriff Baca. Last New Year’s Eve, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recorded 93 calls related to illegal shooting. This accounted for 4% of the total calls for service from 8 p.m. on December 31, 2012 to 4 a.m. on January 1, 2013. There was an 11% increase in gunshot calls for service over the previous year. This is the first rise in the number of gunshot calls for service since 2009.

On July 4, 1999, Brian Perez, a young, outgoing, 9 year-old boy was playing with family members in the front yard of his home. Someone in the area discharged a firearm into the sky and the stray bullet struck Brian in the head, killing him. Therefore, with the effectiveness of this Gunfire Reduction Campaign, there have been no known deaths by indiscriminate gunfire in the City of Los Angeles.”

The public is also reminded that toy replica guns that resemble real weapons are also a concern for law enforcement officers and that playing with replica guns is strongly discouraged.
Together, the proud men and women of Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department ask the public to STOP the senseless act of firing weapons into the air and CELEBRATE SAFELY.

In addition, should a shooting occur, members of the community are encouraged to call 9-1-1. To report information regarding a crime, please call 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.
All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts, or typing in: http://lacrimestoppers.org.

For more information, please call LAPD Media Relations Section, at (213) 486-5910, or the LASD’s Public Information Officer, Nicole Nishida, at (323) 810-1973.

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Public Information Officer Nicole Nishida
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Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom
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