Celebratory bullet kills 4-year-old at church

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DECATUR, Ga. – A falling bullet from celebratory gunfire has killed a 4-year-old boy attending a New Year's Eve church service in metro Atlanta.

DeKalb police spokesman Jason Gagnon tells WSB-TV that it appears the bullet came through the roof of the Church of God of Prophecy in Decatur and hit the boy in the head.

The church's pastor identified the boy as 4-year-old Marquel Peters.

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JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 01/01/10 - 06:30 pm
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Stop treating bad news from

Stop treating bad news from elsewhere like a local breaking news! It's quiet in Augusta. Leave it alone.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 01/01/10 - 06:32 pm
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Condolences to the family,

Condolences to the family, such a tragedy that should have never happened and was 100% preventable. Hope the person is caught and charged to the fullest extent. Was the moron who did this attending the church funtion or was it from some.. piece of holly's.. out on the street? Thats some missing info.

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lucky99mp 01/01/10 - 06:47 pm
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Decatur is only 2hrs away

Decatur is only 2hrs away JohnQ, thats not to far away. And if telling this story prevents this from happen here, I say well none AC. Guns don't kill. Fire a gun and not knowing whats in front of it kills.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/01/10 - 07:46 pm
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Guns don't kill, IDIOTS kill.

Guns don't kill, IDIOTS kill. My condolences to the family. Maybe this tragic death will do some good in stopping another death for the same circumstances.

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corgimom 01/01/10 - 07:54 pm
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I have never understood that

I have never understood that behavior. It happens on Devil's Night, too. Dumbakks.

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sassygirl12 01/01/10 - 09:41 pm
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so sad..i hope they catch the

so sad..i hope they catch the idiot that did this

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FallingLeaves 01/01/10 - 10:28 pm
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JohnQPublic, I'm with

JohnQPublic, I'm with overburdened taxpayer on this one. One can always hope that stories like this will reach the selfish, unthinking, revelers that shoot off guns with no concern for where the bullets will land. I was afraid this HAD happened here, because it is bound to sooner or later. I've heard the gunshots year after year. This year I went out of town New Year's Eve and had a very pleasant, quiet evening, with firecrackers only at the appropriate time, for a maximum of 30 minutes. Best New Year's I've had in years.

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gargoyle 01/01/10 - 11:35 pm
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Looks like a Sig or Takarov

Looks like a Sig or Takarov looking at the pic from WSB if the bullet matches the case found .... when found manslaughter needs to be charged not reckless endangerment ... As this is being written some piece of work is popping off shots down at the section 8 apartments below my house about 3/4 mile away .... Unloading a firearm up in the air in the city is about has dumb as you can get and should be addressed instead of the warning the police tend to give around here ...

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55 F-100 01/02/10 - 07:37 am
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Good luck on catching the

Good luck on catching the sorry little hood-rat thug responsible for this inane act.

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HollyHoly 01/02/10 - 08:18 pm
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man that's a freak accident

man that's a freak accident for sure

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deekster 01/03/10 - 09:12 am
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Tragic!!! But sorry!!! Myth

Tragic!!! But sorry!!! Myth Busters has proven that cannot happen. The bullet fired vertically falls back down at a certain speed, but not at mussel velocity. They tested numerous guns. This had to be a ricochet or horizontal shot.

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Casting_Fool 01/03/10 - 11:44 am
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I have to agree with deekster

I have to agree with deekster on this one. A bullet fired into the air will travel up starting with the muzzle velocity imparted by the weapon, but when it reaches apogee (as high as it will go), it falls with a velocity relative to it's weight and resistance to the air. I really doubt that it could penetrate a building's roof, then kill a poor child or other bystander inside the building. To penetrate the building's roof and kill the child, it had to be either a ricochet or direct shot as deekster suggests. It would have needed the velocity provided by the weapon. Falling, even from the great height provided by the initial muzzle velocity, would not be enough to do what this bullet did. I did find an article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12:12 p.m. Sat, 01-02-10) where a Kelly Fite (who was the top ballistics expert with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s state Crime Lab for almost four decades) said that "... most likely, the shooter was about a half mile away and the gun was tilted at about 30 or 40 degrees, not straight up...". At 30 deg, the end of a rifle muzzle would be slightly above the shooter's head, almost horizontal.

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