Officials to urge New Year celebrations with bells, not guns

The sun sets over Detroit. (File photo)

DETROIT (AP) – Community leaders in Detroit are expected to remind residents about the dangers of firing guns skyward during New Year’s celebrations.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, County Executive Warren Evans, the Rev. Nicholas Hood III and Detroit Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon will take part in a news conference Monday morning at Plymouth United Church of Christ.

People are urged to celebrate the New Year by ringing a bell at midnight, not shooting a gun.

Hood started the “Ring in the New Year with a Bell, Not a Bang” campaign after Sandra Latham was killed in 1997 by a stray bullet while sitting in her Detroit dining room.

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