National City police issue New Year’s gunfire warning

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. -- The National City Police Department urged the public Wednesday to shun the illegal, reckless and sometimes deadly practice of firing guns into the air to ring in the new year.

"While our goal is not to dampen the spirit of celebration, anyone engaged in the illegal discharge of a firearm will be arrested," NCPD Lt. Alex Hernandez said.

Additional patrol officers will be on the streets of the South Bay city on New Year's Eve and will respond promptly to any reports of actual or potential celebratory gunfire, according to Hernandez.

Lt. Hernandez said his department is not the only one planning on having increased patrols and enforcement on New Year's Eve.

"When I talk to my counterparts in Chula Vista and San Diego, they have the same efforts. They really want the community to be safe so we plan to bring extra bodies to patrol, extra bodies to be looking for drunk drivers and things like that," said Lt. Hernandez.

Anyone who knows of a person planning or likely to engage in the illicit tradition was asked to call National City police at (619) 336-4411. Tipsters may remain anonymous, the lieutenant said.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.