Updated: 01/02/2014 8:48 AM |
Created: 01/02/2014 8:44 AM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- A Las Vegas father says a dangerous and illegal New Year's tradition could have claimed his infant daughter's life.
Mike Jaramillo said he and his family came home late Tuesday to find a hole in their bedroom ceiling and a bullet in the bed—the exact place where he changes his 2-month-old daughter.
Jaramillo believes New Year's gunfire is to blame.
"As a parent, it makes me feel like people are irresponsible when they're drinking," he said. "I can understand if you live at the ranch, you can shoot the guns. But when there are kids… 2-year-olds live next door. There are lots of little kids who hang out here."
But not everyone escaped injury that night. Jaramillo's nephew discovered his little dog was also hit by a bullet. The dog's surface wound is healing, but for Jaramillo, it's first-hand proof that fun and games can quickly become deadly.
"Don't just shoot straight up because what goes up, must come down," he said.
In the state of New Mexico, it is illegal to discharge a firearm within 150 yards of an inhabited dwelling. Anyone close enough to put a bullet in Jaramillo's home was probably unlawfully close to his neighborhood, if not in the neighborhood.