Bullet from celebratory gunfire nearly hits woman in St. Pete

Pinellas County

Celebratory gunfire in St. Petersburg nearly hit a woman on New Year’s Eve.

It wasn’t how Jenee St. John wanted to ring in the New Year.

“Everybody was celebrating. I could hear faint gunshots on the south side of St. Pete,” she said.

She was leaving a local coffee shop when celebratory gunfire rang out and hit her car.

“I thought for a split second I had closed my door too harsh or something like that and I look back and the entire back of my car window is smashed out,” she said. “It was right here. So right behind my head.”

The bullet was found inside her vehicle. She called St. Pete police and filed a report.

Police warn of celebratory gunfire every year.

St. John wants to know why people do this.

“I would like to know where they’re getting their guns from and why they’re so confident and why the gunshots were so prevalent last night,” she said. “Those bullets that you shoot in the air, they go somewhere.”

She said she’s thankful it wasn’t much worse.

“It will change what I think about safety at midnight and people’s choices whether or not they’re going to be responsible,” said St. John. “I’ve never been around any kind of guns or anything in my entire life so to have something happen so close to me was very scary. I started the New Year a lot more grateful.”

Detectives bagged the bullet as evidence. They have not identified any suspects.

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