Man finds bullet in his business after Fourth of July celebrations

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 8:03 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - It may be easy to adopt the “out of sight, out of mind” phrase, but when it comes to shooting a gun in the air, bullets aren’t exempt from gravity.

“I’m walking here and I see something shiny under this table over here. And I’m like, ‘that’s out of the usual.’ So, I come down here and pick it up, and sure enough, it’s a little bullet,” Co-owner of Exit Realty Southern Joshua Floyd said.

Wondering where it came from, Floyd says there were no holes in anything and no broken glass in sight as he walked through the building.

“So, I looked in our front desk area and found this perfect little bullet hole, right there,” Floyd said while pointing to the ceiling.

After this finding, Floyd took to Facebook to remind people that “what goes up, must come down,” and the outcome could be dangerous.

“I felt like it was really important to put it out there and to let other people know that this is actually super dangerous. If you fire a weapon into the air, that’s going to go somewhere. It doesn’t just go to space, it comes back. And sometimes it comes back with enough velocity to go through a metal roof and a ceiling. And that’s kinda scary, it’s very dangerous,” Floyd said.

The Lake Charles Police Department is aware of the situation and put out a statement:

It is a violation of the City of Lake Charles Code of Ordinances to shoot fireworks or discharge a weapon within the city limits of Lake Charles. There are a number of safety concerns when it comes to shooting fireworks, including the risk of personal injury and fires. Shooting a gun, especially in an uncontrolled setting such as firing blindly into the air, can be dangerous anywhere. Located in the close confines of a city, however, discharging a weapon, especially in this manner, becomes even more dangerous. The risk of injuring or even killing someone greatly increases as bullets shot into the air will eventually come down with an unknown trajectory, potentially striking someone.

Floyd hopes that people will hear his story and think twice about firing a gun loosely into the air in the future.

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