A teenager was killed several months ago when something fell on his head while playing basketball with his friends.
His friends thought he was having a seizure because they didn’t notice that something had hit him and immediately called an ambulance.
The teenager, Noah, was quickly transported to a hospital, where doctors determined he had been struck by a falling bullet that had been fired into the sky by someone in the area. Noah succumbed to his injuries days later.
Police have since concluded that the bullet was “most likely fired into the air like a firework,” and said that the odds of someone being hit by a falling bullet are very low, and this is the first time they heard something like this happen.
“Unfortunately, this is a common action by many people who own guns in our city, and they need to know this action has consequences and will be dealt with severely by the police department,” the police department said in a statement. “We ask the public to please keep their Fourth of July celebrations to the use of legal fireworks only.”
After learning of Noah’s death, the police released a second statement.
“We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to Noah’s family,” the statement said. “We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. When reason fails, pray for peace. We will be praying with you.”
“It’s like getting struck by lightning—so senseless,” Mayor Tom said. “It’s a horrible tragedy, and I hope the people who could’ve done this come forward.”
Investigators have not been able to identify the person who fired the bullet.