Birmingham Police Arrest 13, Receive 600 Citizen Gunfire Reports During New Year’s Gunfire Crackdown

Madison Underwood, Alabama, January 1, 2013

New Year’s Eve is always a busy night, and last night was no different. Birmingham police arrested 13 people during “Operation Crackdown,” an operation meant to curb celebratory gunfire in the city, according to the Birmingham Police Department.

Between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 3 a.m., Birmingham police received 631 citizen reports of gunfire, and received 560 gunfire calls for service from the Shot-Spotter gunfire detection system. {snip}

More than 100 additional officers were on the streets of Birmingham last night to respond to those calls, and to discourage gunfire.

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Five people were arrested on misdemeanor firearms charges during last night’s celebrations, and six were arrested on other misdemeanors. Two were arrested for other felonies. In all, there were two felony charges and 23 misdemeanor charges issued during the operation.

One man in his 20s was shot last night near the Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Five Points South and transported to UAB Hospital. {snip}

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