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Hillsborough mom wants bullet-free sky

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Diego (left) and Sandy Duran Diego (left) and Sandy Duran

What goes up, must come down. That's the message Sandy Duran is preaching through her non-profit organization called "Bullet Free Sky."

On New Year's Day of 2012, she was standing with her 12-year-old son Diego, his sisters and a friend, when he was hit in the head with a bullet falling from the sky.

"He just all of a sudden collapsed onto the ground," Duran said. "So when I went to turn him around, I could see the shiny blood. I instantly moved him into the light to see what was going on and he was bleeding from his mouth and nose non-stop."

Duran rushed Diego to the hospital, where an x-ray revealed a bullet had lodged in his head. Diego survived, but has lasting affects from his injury. He's lost his sense of smell, and his memory isn't the best.

"I still have limits of what I can do," Diego, who's now 15, said. "I just got the okay a while ago that I could skateboard. And roller coasters. I just have to take it easy on them."

Sandy, Diego and representatives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Shooter's World held a news conference Friday, highlighting the dangers of celebratory gunfire.

Bruce Kitzis is the general manager at Shooter's World.

"Now, with your hunting rifles, you're going to see much more than three miles of travel," Kitzis said. "And as that bullet reaches its apex and comes at terminal velocity, it is coming down much faster than people might think a falling object would."

"That bullet can reach one, two, three miles distance and hit anyone that's out celebrating." Duran explained. "So once people are aware, I believe that they are responsible."

You can learn more about Duran's non-profit organization by clicking http://bulletfreesky.com

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