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Apparent celebratory gunfire strikes 5 KCMO homes on New Year's Eve

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Posted at 2:26 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 15:30:53-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Apparent celebratory gunfire hit five homes in Kansas City, Missouri, shortly after the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, narrowly missing several people who were asleep inside at the time, police said Thursday.

Between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday, police responded to 317 calls of reported gunshots, according to the police department. A gunshot detection system covering 3.5 square miles of the city also reported 200 gunfire alerts.

Celebratory gunfire is illegal in Kansas City, according to police.

Police provided these descriptions of the incidents:

— Around 12:03 a.m., a single round went through a window at a home in the 500 block of East Minor Drive while people were sitting in their living room.

— Around 12:13 a.m., at least one round entered a house in the 8800 block of Crescent Avenue. The round entered the victims’ bedroom window, narrowly missing them as they slept.

— Around 12:16 a.m., police responded to a home in the 1800 block of Northwest 56th Court, where six occupants were inside ranging in age from 6 months to 70 years old. A bullet entered the living room wall and went through a bathroom wall.

— At 12:21 a.m., a woman said she was in her bedroom in the 3300 block of Wyoming Street when she heard glass breaking in the room next to hers. Officers determined the home had been shot into.

— Later Wednesday morning, people living in the 5100 block of Osage Avenue told police they were sleeping in their bed when a bullet went through the wall next to their headboard.

Police said no one was injured in any of the incidents.