'One Bullet Kills the Party:' Campaign for 4th of July Safety | NBC 6 South Florida

'One Bullet Kills the Party:' Campaign for 4th of July Safety



    NBC 6 South Florida
    A rally for Fourth of July safety.

    In their annual call for caution, community leaders once more urged residents to put away their guns on the Fourth of July.

    City leaders and victims of stray gunshots spoke from a spot just two blocks away from a shooting that struck nine people and killed two last month at NW 12th Avenue and 65th Street in Liberty City.

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    "Let's celebrate with barbecues, not by firing guns into the air," said Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson.

    Last year, one woman was shot while holding a baby in her lap.

    "That second, I just felt pressure, like something hit me," told NBC 6 last year April Johnson about being shot last Fourth of July. "I was looking around thinking, 'Who threw something at me?'"

    Johnson was sitting outside her brother's central Broward home at 216 NW 28th Avenue when she was struck.

    "[We were] celebrating Fourth of July, doing fireworks, then I was about to light up a firework when my sister screamed, 'I been shot!'" brother Jevon Johnson had  told NBC 6.

    He said his sister was holding their 1-year-old nephew in her lap when she was shot.

    "It's a very dangerous situation, people shouldn't shoot guns up in the air," Jevon Johnson said.

    Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado pleaded for no repeats this year.

    "We're telling people to be safe," Regalado said.

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