A stray bullet fired into the air just after midnight on New Year’s Eve struck a man as he celebrated at a party in Miami, according to police.
The bullet grazed the man’s upper left shoulder. Paramedics treated him outside the Allapattah home at Northwest 25th Avenue and 32nd Street. The man, who was not identified, wasn’t taken to a hospital.
Miami police spokesman Detective Willie Moreno confirmed that the victim was struck by a stray bullet.
Homeowner Randy Ruiz said the injured man was a friend of a friend who was visiting his home on New Year’s Eve.
“We had a lot of friends and family in my yard, and fireworks were being fired off,” Ruiz said. “Just after midnight, one of the guests complained of blood on his shirt. So we quickly ran over to see what was going on and saw there was blood on his left arm.”
Neighbor Barbara Jimeno, who has three grandchildren between the ages of one and four, said she was alarmed by what happened.
“It could happen to me or my grandchildren, who live around the block,” she said.
The injury followed a series of warnings from the Miami mayor, Miami police and activists about the dangers of firing bullets into the air on New Years Eve.