Richmond resident discourages celebratory gunfire after home struck by bullet

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond woman is pleading for safer July 4th celebrations after having a bad experience involving celebratory gunfire.

In 2016, a bullet flew through Vicki Mallonee’s roof during July 4th celebrations after someone randomly shot a gun into the air.

“It makes me angry because then I have to pay for things to repair, but also, it could happen again, it could happen to other people,” Mallonee said.

Mallonee said she usually hears celebratory gunfire going off in her Montrose Heights neighborhood during the annual holiday, but wants others to think twice about firing a gun in the air for fun.

“You can always repair a roof, but you can’t bring back to life a person,” Mallonee said.

“You can always repair a roof, but you can’t bring back to life a person.”

James Mercante of Richmond Police urges anyone who hears or spots these acts to report them.

“Officers will also be out and listening for random gun fire calls and hopefully there will be none,” Mercante said.

Participating in celebratory gunfire is illegal in the state of Virginia. Hitting or killing someone from randomly firing a gun in the air is a felony.

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