“BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Police begged and warned and pleaded with Birmingham residents not to fire guns into the air to celebrate the Fourth of July.
But Birminghamians fired away. In fact, a shot was fired every 76 seconds, according to the city’s ShotSpotter.
The Birmingham Police Department’s ShotSpotter system, which detects shots and triangulates the location, recorded 1,127 incidents of gunfire between midnight Wednesday and midnight Thursday, said police spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr.
The number of shots recorded this year is slightly up from last year, when 1,098 shots were detected. ShotSpotter picked up 75 gunshots on the Fourth of July in 2011, and 495 in 2010. …”