Residents: Celebratory NYE gunfire too common in neighborhood - KCTV5

Celebratory NYE gunfire all too common in KCK neighborhood, residents say

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Authorities are hoping to put a stop to a deadly New Year's Eve tradition of firing guns off in celebration.

Kansas City police responded to 122 shots fired calls between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. New Year's Day, Police Chief Darryl Forte said.

But not all of it was gunfire. A lot of the noise was fireworks. However, one Kansas City, KS, neighborhood says it is all too common.

One family said that it brings them inside come midnight. But the people at Dixie's Place, a bar on Central Street, say it has been going on long enough that they are used to it by now.

Darrell Bettis has lived a block away from the bar for decades.

"I've been coming down to this bar for a long time," he said.

But on Tuesday evening, the members-only bar supplemented the champagne of beers and the other favorites with a different variation on champagne for the midnight toast.

They donned party hats and blowing noisemakers in the bar while the booming sound from guns shot skyward could be heard from outside the bar.

"People getting drunk and being stupid and celebrating. It is pretty stupid," Bettis said.

However, it didn't keep the bar goers from stepping out when the clock stuck midnight, but they certainly didn't like the idea. And they certainly feel safer in the confines of the closed-door club.

"Anymore, you don't want to take a chance, because you never know where ... the bullet has got to land somewhere, don't it?" bartender Linda Wright said.

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