Police say Clovis man hit by stray bullet

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Clovis police believe a 42-year-old man shot in the arm while watching fireworks Saturday night was hit by a stray bullet.

Police responded around 10:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of West Street for a man injured by fireworks, records show.

Officers discovered the man was hit below his shoulder by a bullet falling in a downward trajectory.

Lt. Jim Schoeffel said it is not uncommon for police to receive calls of guns being fired in the air on holidays, including the Fourth of July. Police believe that may be what happened in this case.

“Somebody took their gun out and started shooting it to celebrate the Fourth and somebody got hit,” he said.

“There are some people in this community that think it’s appropriate to celebrate the holidays by shooting firearms into the air and not being familiar with Newton’s Law of ‘what goes up must come down,’” Schoeffel said. “Somebody got hurt.”