'I'd just kissed my wife ... and bam': Firing guns in the air on New Year's can kill
Three years ago, at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, Armando Martinez stood in the driveway at a house party in deep south Texas, when "all of a sudden, everything started going off." He couldn't tell if the ruckus he was hearing was gunfire or fireworks. "I'd just kissed my wife and said 'Happy New Year' to her and bam, it just hit me," he said. "I put my head down and Three years ago, at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, Armando Martinez stood in the driveway at a house party in deep south Texas, when “all of a sudden, everything started going off.
Nurse Accidentally Killed at New Year ’ s Party by Celebratory Gunfire : ' I Think I ’ ve Been Shot '. " I think I ' ve been shot ," Philippa Ashford said before A Texas nurse was killed while celebrating with family members on New Years Eve after she was hit by a stray bullet while standing outside her home.
A Houston woman was shot and killed outside her home during New Year ' s Eve celebrations , according to authorities. Ashford had gone to the end of her driveway at midnight to watch the fireworks that were been set off on the cul-de-sac when she clutched her body and said, " I think I ' ve been .
A Texas nurse was killed while celebrating with family members on New Years Eve after she was hit by a stray bullet while standing outside her home.
Philippa Ashford, 61, was discharging fireworks with her family and neighbors on a quiet cul de sac in a Houston suburb. Suddenly, she cried out that she had been shot. The bullet had been fired from an unknown location.
“I think I’ve been shot,” she told her family,reports. She died at the scene.
Authorities told thethey believe Ashford was struck by celebratory gunfire from outside the immediate neighborhood. Investigators have been unable to locate the source of the gunfire. A sheriff’s spokesman tells the newspaper that they have no indication that any of her family members or immediate neighbors had fired a gun. There have been no shell casings recovered.
Woman dies after being hit by stray bullet from celebratory gunfire, deputies say
A 61-year-old woman died after deputies say she was struck by a bullet from celebratory gunfire during a New Year’s celebration overnight. This happened just after midnight Thursday in a cul-de-sac in the 12300 block of May Laurel Drive in northwest Harris County.
TX Woman Killed by ‘ Celebratory Gunfire ’ on New Year ’ s Eve. A Texas woman celebrating the new year with her family Tuesday night died after being accidentally shot by “ celebratory gunfire At one point, the 61- year -old nurse clutched her body and collapsed. “ I think I ’ ve been shot ,” she
A 61- year -old Texas woman died at the end of her driveway after being struck by celebratory gunfire from far away Authorities told KTRK-TV in Houston that Ashford was talking with friends and family in the driveway around fireworks when suddenly she clutched her body and said, " I think I ' ve been shot ."
“Today we add another example of an innocent life taken due to this senseless and reckless behavior,” Ed Gonzalez, the Harris County sheriff, tells the newspaper. “Our region has a long history with celebratory gunfire.”
Ashford worked for more than a decade as a nurse manager for the Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Service at the Menninger Clinic, a mental health and addiction treatment facility in southwest Houston.
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Her sudden death has left her colleagues reeling.
“The community is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Philippa ‘Phil’ Ashford, who was a nurse manager at our hospital and served as a leader and mentor to our nursing and clinical team,” Armando Colombo, president and CEO of the Menninger Clinic said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to her family and friends at this very sad time and we offer our support and deepest sympathy.”
Ashford was also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Police have repeatedly issued public alerts warning the public not to fire their guns into the air while celebrating holidays. According to the Houston Chronicle, celebratory gunfire can be a misdemeanor offense that carries a punishment of up to a $4,000 fine or one year in prison.
“It’s a crime and you can kill someone” Sheriff Gonzalez tells the Houston Chronicle. “We must elevate the message that this will not be tolerated in Harris County. What goes up must come down.”
Wedding proposal gone wrong: Movie theater evacuated when fireworks mistaken for gunshots .
Fireworks to celebrate a marriage proposal frightened moviegoers who thought they were gunshots. "Obviously this was a very poor decision rather than an overt act," police posted on Facebook.Nathan Sanders, 23, "lit off the fireworks while a friend was proposing marriage," police posted on Facebook. "There was no intent to cause panic to theater patrons. Obviously this was a very poor decision rather than an overt act.