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Florida teen hit by celebratory gunfire after Heat win NBA title

Jun 23, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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After the Heat won their second straight NBA title, there were at least a few fans who decided to celebrate by shooting guns into the air.

Unfortunately, those bullets always land somewhere. And in this case, one of them came through a window and hit a teenage boy in the head.

From the Associated Press:

Fifteen-year-old Brandon Reid says he was watching Miami Heat basketball players celebrate their world championship Thursday when a bullet came through his mother’s sliding glass door and grazed his skull under the ear.

Reid told reporters Saturday that it felt like a rock hit him.

Police say they think the bullet came from celebratory gunfire prompted by the Heat’s win. South Florida authorities routinely warn people about the dangers of firing into the air to celebrate holidays or other occasions.

Area police stated that they had received calls of shots being fired in the area, and that based on the bullet’s trajectory, the person hit wasn’t targeted specifically.

Thankfully, Reid is going to be OK. But looking at the scar from where he was hit, it’s a scary story resulting from extremely stupid behavior nonetheless.

  1. doncaballero1 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    i hate guns, man

  2. modellforprez - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Tough one. hope this kid makes a fast and full recovery. the writer is right those slugs have to land somewhere

  3. teambringitstrong - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    So much for the east coast knows how to celebrate a championship hey Fred Falk?

  4. fanofevilempire - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    area police aka Miramar police.

  5. dolphindubs - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Some effin gun-owners man, some effin gun-owners.

    • johnnyo317 - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:05 AM

      Lol, I’m sure the person that committed this crime was a legal gun owner and obeys gun laws, lol, lol, lol

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    If the bullet came through a window then somebody wasn’t shooting “in to the air”. Sorry but it doesn’t add up. Mythbusters already did a piece on this and unless the bullet is fired horizontally then it only falls at terminal velocity and is spinning randomly in the air which mean it won’t have the force of a gunshot. Somebody was firing a gun sideways or standing outside the kids window and missed.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      I was thinking the same thing, don’t know why this got so many thumbs down.

    • cmehustle - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Actually a bullet fired into the air can kill upon coming down to earth. Firing directly vertical is the least harmless way to do it, but whats the likely hood of someone pointing directly strait up? Not very likely. The more likely way people shoot is at an angle, and thats the dangerous way to go, as the bullet doesnt lose the speed that it will if you shoot straight up. No one had to be shooting directly at this guy, from the looks of things he looked like a teen and nothing has come out about people gunning for him. So moral of the story, shoot as vertically as possible if you want the maximum chance of not randomly injuring someone!

  7. rdav29 - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Is Aaron Hernandez being questioned?

  8. drewzducks - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Obviously Delonte and Mamma Lebron got a little too carried away with their postgame celebration.

  9. ivanoiurares40 - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Reblogged this on TheSlashDash.

  10. acdc84 - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    This happened in Florida? Why am I not shocked??

  11. thememyselfandiguy - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    show up late for games, and then leave earlz and shot other fans in celebration…i’m a heat fan, but i must say must of us suck!!!

  12. satearra - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Another gathering of MENSA candidates. It is simple physics you idiots, the bullets have to come down somewhere.

  13. sgainer - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    This shot was not shot into the air, some very stupid person shot horizontally. This young man is lucky to be alive. If the police claim this was a shot fired into the air then they should be stripped of their weapons immediately!

  14. cantonbound13 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Stay classy Heat fans.

  15. doorharp11 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    But this is Florida, this is suppose to happen because it is the worst state in America. Cops and the politicians don’t care about what happens to the people.

  16. yuwannano - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    “Celebratory gunfire”??? WTF?

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