Phoenix police warn of dangers of random gunfire

PHOENIX - In an effort to warn residents of the dangers of random gunfire, Phoenix police officers spent time Thursday passing out fliers to shoppers in West Phoenix.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said in an email that the city has been working to stop random gunfire after the 1999 death of 14-year-old Shannon Smith who was killed by a stray bullet.

The yearly efforts aimed at stopping random gunfire focus on education and enforcement, Thompson said.

To educate the public, police officers, civic leaders, community groups and others go door-to-door passing out flyers, letting people know the dangers of random gunfire.

On Thursday, officers from the Maryvale Precinct were passing out fliers at the entrances and exits outside a Wal-Mart located at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road.

According to police, celebrating with gunfire is against the law and punishable by more than five years in prison.

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