Hammond Police warn that shooting guns into the air can be lethal. “We ask the public to please keep your Fourth of July celebrations to the use of legal fireworks only. We want to remind the public that it is never legal to discharge a firearm within city limits.”
July 3, 2017-Hammond Police are warning resident against firing guns into the air after a 13 year old boy was struck by a bullet while playing basketball. The Child was flown to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago according to a statement from Hammond Police. “On 7/1/17 at approximately 9:30 PM, a group of children were playing basketball outside in the 7300 block of Harrison Ave. when one of the children suddenly fell down. Witnesses on scene believed it may have been a seizure and immediately called an ambulance. At the hospital, it was learned that the child was struck from a falling bullet that was shot into the sky by someone in the nearby community” police stated.
Hammond Police reiterated that it is illegal to shoot a firearm within City limits and Police will be enforcing the law strictly. ” If you own a firearm, it is not to be used as part of a celebration. We also urge the public to immediately call 911 and report anyone they believe is firing a firearm . . .” the report states.
Anyone with any information about someone in the South Hammond area shooting off a firearm Saturday evening is urged to call Detective Lieutenant Mark Tharp at (219) 852-2988 or Detective Sergeant Mark Ferry at (219) 852-2991 with this information.