Random Gunfire

From the azcentral article “Phoenix sees decrease in New Year’s Eve random gunfire“. It’s sad that such a thing is measured.

Phoenix police reported an 11 percent decrease in shots fired reports this New Year’s Eve and arrested three men on suspicion of unlawful discharge of a firearm, according to officials.

According to police, there were 264 reports of shots fired Monday evening into early Tuesday morning, a 65 percent drop from the 2002-03 New Year’s Eve, on which there were 759 reports of random gunfire.

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Helicopter Shooter Arrested

The guy who allegedly shot down the helicopter on the west side of Albuquerque has been arrested.

Authorities said they arrested Jason Kerns, 29, Monday night in the driveway of his home in the 9900 block of Columbus Circle in northwest Albuquerque — not far from where the crash happened Aug. 6.

As part of an arrest warrant released Tuesday, Kerns was said to be one of the first on the scene the night the chopper went down. Court documents indicate that Kerns came under suspicion almost from the get-go.

He stated hearing a gunshot and seeing the chopper fall, but police officials stated his story was misleading.

In a written statement, Kerns describes the chopper as disturbing his dog and said he was getting annoyed because it was there so long and flying so low.

Sheriff’s records released Tuesday showed that Jason Kerns told investigators it would be no problem for him to “make that shot.” He faces charges of assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon an officer, criminal damage to property and tampering with evidence in the Aug. 6 shooting.