8-year-old hit in foot by celebratory gunfire

Second incident injures woman in St. Petersburg

Published On: Jan 01 2013 11:33:13 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 01 2013 12:32:09 PM EST
New Year's fireworks from Jacksonville Landing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Police are blaming celebratory gunfire for injuries suffered by two people watching New Year's Eve fireworks in separate parts of Florida.

Lt. Jimmy Judge of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old boy on the Southbank just east of the Main Street Bridge told his father about 11:50 p.m. that something had hurt his foot. 

Judge told The Florida Times-Union that when the boy's father examined his shoe, he found a bullet.  Police were called and the boy was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with a minor injury.

In St. Petersburg, police say a 67-year-old woman was leaning against a balcony railing at a yacht club when she felt something strike her right wrist just after midnight. A bullet was removed from her wrist at a hospital.

Authorities urged people not to fire their guns in the air in celebration because the falling bullets could strike innocent bystanders.