Five people in jail over New Year's gunfire

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Apparently five people thought celebratory gunfire was worth a trip to jail. Birmingham police say that is how many arrests they made New Year's Eve in the second year for Operation Crackdown. Officers also seized 26 weapons.

Birmingham put more than 100 extra officers on the streets and concentrated on Bellview Heights.

Chief A.C. Roper says people should not be forced to put up with the noise and the danger that comes with celebratory gunfire. "We want to improve the quality of life for our citizens on New Year's Eve night," said Roper. "For so many years, people have celebrated by shooting guns all over the place. We sent a strong message last year and we are back to go after those shooters again this year."

Dispatchers fielded almost 400 calls from people complaining of shots going off near their homes. The department's Shot Spotter system reported more than 200 incidents of gunfire.

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