‘I beg you to stop’: New Year’s gunfire hits Montgomery home

One Montgomery resident said he is grateful his family was not home when the bullet dove through their back porch cover.

New Year's gunfire hits Montgomery home

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery resident James Tiblier came home to find a bullet hole in the roof of their recently built porch cover.

“There’s a lot of anger,” Tiblier said. “A lot of gratefulness that we weren’t home. We didn’t get hurt.”

The family did not spend New Year’s at their home like in past years. But if they would have, Tiblier believes his family would have been in the line of fire. Because that bullet landed on the ground just feet away from their couch.

“If we would have been home, I guarantee we’d have been out here,” he said. “And that bullet would have came through that room and either hit one of us or scared the daylights out of us.”

Now he is stuck with about $500 worth of damage.

“It’s making me want to move out of the neighborhood,” Tiblier said.

“I just beg people to please stop shooting guns on New Year,” he said. “I know you’re gonna do it, but I beg you to stop because it’s only a matter of time before somebody gets killed.”

The Montgomery Police Department said data would be provided next week on whether there were any injuries from celebratory gunfire.

The Montgomery Police Department is offering $500 rewards in an effort to combat celebratory gunfire.

According to police, rewards will be given for credible reports of celebratory gunfire that lead to the arrest and conviction of an individual.

People reporting celebratory gunfire must appear in legal proceedings to qualify.

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