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Officers remind community about random gunfire

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

As New Year's Eve draws closer, Phoenix police went door-to-door on Thursday to remind people about Shannon's Law that makes it illegal to discharge a weapon during celebrations.

Officers also handed out fliers and reminded residents about the law -- a class 6 felony that will get the gunman thrown in jail. 

The law is named after Shannon Smith, a 14-year-old Phoenix girl who died from a stray bullet in 1999.

The officers involved in the effort were from the Maryvale Precinct and passed out flyers in the area of 39th Avenue and McDowell Road. Civic leaders and community groups also participated.

In eight years, random gunfire on New Year's Eve has been reduced by more than 80 percent in the city of Phoenix, according to police.

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