Celebratory gunfire claims victims around the world
The 2009-10 New Year holiday period was marred by deaths around the world from celebratory gunfire. In Georgia, US, four-year old Marquel Peters was killed when a bullet from an AK-47 entered the church where he was sitting with his family, fatally wounding him in the head. Similar incidents occurred in Medellin, Columbia; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Veracruz, Mexico; Naples, Italy; and El Zapote, Honduras. Anticipating these tragedies, Gabriel Conte of CLAVE, noted that the impact of aerial gunfire has been reduced by 25% in Brazil by keeping better data, allowing police to investigate incidents as crimes, rather than accidents.