HAMMOND, IN – As the Fourth of July approaches, the Hammond Police Department is issuing a crucial reminder to the community: celebrating with gunfire is not only illegal but also a grave danger to human life. In an effort to promote safety during this year’s festivities, the department is urging residents to refrain from firing guns into the air and to report any such activity immediately by calling 911.
Shooting guns as part of Independence Day celebrations has become a worrying trend across the country. However, Hammond has experienced firsthand the devastating consequences of this irresponsible behavior. In 2017, 13-year-old Noah Inman tragically lost his life when he was struck by a falling bullet while playing basketball behind his home. Since then, communities nationwide have witnessed similar heartbreaking incidents, forever altering or claiming innocent lives.
“What comes up, must come down,” said a spokesperson for the Park Forest Police Department, echoing the sentiment of law enforcement agencies across the nation. They are also reminding residents of the dangers of celebratory gunfire as the Fourth of July weekend approaches.
The Park Forest Police Department shared a photo of a bullet lodged in a resident’s roof, discovered during routine repairs. The incident serves as a chilling reminder that what goes up must come down, and bullets fired into the air can pose a serious threat to both life and property.