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2 shot, property damaged in KCMO New Year's Eve celebratory gunfire

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Posted at 10:17 AM, Jan 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-04 16:54:08-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department has reported that two people were shot and 11 properties damaged, including one police vehicle, in celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve.

At around 2:15 a.m. on New Years Day, officers were dispatched to Research Medical Center Brookside Campus on a reported shooting. According to police, the victim said that he was struck by a stray bullet from a New Year's celebration while outside his house.

Hours later at approximately 6:00 a.m., KCPD received reports of a shooting in the 11400 block of South 71 Highway. The victim said he believed he was struck by a bullet falling from the air, according to police.

The injuries in both cases were non-life threatening.

However, the department also said they had reason to believe fewer incidents of celebratory gunfire were recorded this year than last.

"Overall, our ShotSpotter system recorded fewer incidents this year. Our system recorded 1162 rounds fired this year vs. 1623 last year," KCPD said in a statement. "Thanks to all who may have prevented others from participating in this act."

KCPD posted about the events on social media, including a photo of the damged police vehicle.

"If you discover your home or property was struck by this gunfire, contact us to file a report," the department said.

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