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Columbus Police Campaign Against Celebratory Gunfire

COLUMBUS -- Columbus police have been pushing a New Year's Eve campaign to stop celebratory gunfire around the city.

The department reminded the public of how this type of seemingly innocent gunfire killed a 16-year-old girl seven years ago. The girl was in her home off of Oakwood Avenue when a stray bullet struck her.

Columbus residents have said that, while they hear less shooting with each new year, it is still a problem.

"Ten years ago, it was just terrible out here," said Jim Jasperse, a Columbus resident. "Last year, it was diminished and I think this campaign will diminish it more."

Jasperse is part of a neighborhood group, Old Oaks Civic Association, through which he tries to raise awareness about the dangers of celebratory gunfire.

"We've put out fliers and, in the past, rented off-duty policemen," he said.

Knowing that this issue is getting city-wide attention through the police department's efforts is encouraging, he added. 
 
 
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