KC police going door-to-door warning against shooting guns for 4th of July

Bill Grady
June 29, 2018 - 10:51 am

The message is simple. Don't pull the trigger on the fourth of July. 

Kansas City Police officers are going door-to-door in a neighborhood where celebratory gunfire on Independence Day has been a big problem.

Assisting in the outreach are the parents of Blair Shanahan-Lane. The eleven year old was killed by a stray bullet on the fourth in 2011.

"The bullet that killed Blaire traveled over 1,000 feet before striking her. A bullet doesn't stop until it strikes something or someone," Sergeant Jake Becchina says. 

Michele Shanahan-DeMoss, Blaire's mother, has been helping police with the awareness campaign for the last three years.

"I've been at a door where a mother went and got her children and said, 'This is the mother that I told you about.  I don't want to be her,'" said Shanahan-DeMoss.  "I've had others ask if the can hang the picture we're carrying [of Blaire] on their refrigerator."

Discharging a firearm within city limits is illegal.  Kansas City Police say, in the targeted area, random gunfire on the Fourth has decreased.


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