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Celebratory bullet pierces roof of Kealakekua home

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:21 a.m. HST, Jan 04, 2014

KAILUA-KONA >> A stray bullet fired during New Year's Eve celebrations fell and pierced the roof of a home on the Big Island, police and the homeowner said.

Farzad Fazeli of Kealakekua said the bullet left a 1-inch diameter hole in the ceiling of his dining room, then hit the wood floor near a table and bounced toward a window.

West Hawaii Today reported that no one was in the room at the time the bullet struck between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Police confiscated the .44-caliber bullet. He says police said it would be difficult to pinpoint exactly who shot the bullet, Fazeli said.

Fazeli said the incident left him and his family feeling "freaked out and insecure."

He was sitting about 10 feet away from where the bullet came in through the ceiling and was thankful his son was there, he said.

"No one expects a bullet to come through their roof like that. That bullet could have injured or killed someone," Fazeli said. "What if it was a full round of bullets? What's it going to take for people to stop this? A death?"

Kona patrol Lt. William Souther of the Hawaii Police Department confirmed the incident. He says firing bullets into the sky is dangerous and illegal.

"What goes up must come down again and you don't know exactly where," Souther said.

Under state law, firing a bullet in a populated area or near or toward roads and streets is considered second-degree reckless endangering, a misdemeanor.

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2NDC wrote:
The term "celebratory" is pure assumption. Until the origin of the bullet is determined, there is no way of knowing the circumstances under which the shot was fired.
on January 3,2014 | 10:10AM
busterb wrote:
Well, because the owner of the thing will never be found, he's celebrating.
on January 3,2014 | 10:14AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Maybe the bullet was wearing makeup and a party dress. You don't know.
on January 3,2014 | 10:15AM
2NDC wrote:
Good one. We probably never will since the police "confiscated" the bullet.
on January 3,2014 | 10:40AM
kekelaward wrote:
With that example of your logic, you have destroyed any chance of your being hired as a reporter for the SA.
on January 4,2014 | 09:58AM
kailua000 wrote:
figured he was a mid-easterner. happens all the time there.. there was a story about a celebratory shot at wedding that came down and killed the bride. But hey, its a custom, right?
on January 3,2014 | 07:13PM
Knudsen wrote:
What goes up must come down.
on January 4,2014 | 01:20AM
LMO wrote:
" police said it would be difficult to pinpoint exactly who shot the bullet" In other words...no investigation. It would be too much like real work...
on January 4,2014 | 03:10AM
seaborn wrote:
Unless the shooter was alone, and in an isolated area, there are family, friends, or neighbors who know the identity of the person.
on January 4,2014 | 03:35AM
MillionMonkeys wrote:
"Celebratory," yeah right... Celebrating stoopidity. It's a tradition.!
on January 4,2014 | 04:12AM
Oahuan wrote:
He was sitting about 10 feet away from where the bullet came in through the ceiling and was thankful his son was there, he said. - "was or wasn't there?"
on January 4,2014 | 07:01AM
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