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Police warn against celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

New Year's Eve is a difficult reminder for Robert Zastrow. It brings him back to the night in 2006 that turned his life upside down. He says it began like any other New Year's celebration, shooting off fireworks outside the yard on South Michigan in Saginaw.

"I turned to walk into the house and that's when I got hit.  It went through my heart, shattered my spleen and ended up in my stomach," said Zastrow.

Doctors say it's nothing short of a miracle that Zastrow is alive today.

"The doctor told me the only reason I'm still here is that I was hit with the bullet backwards and the bullet was tumbling down, so I got hit by the brass jacket instead of the front of the bullet," said Zastrow.

Tuesday night Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel warns residents against ringing in 2014 with gunfire.

"What comes up must come down, people really need to think this through, and if they have a gun, don't fire it," said Federspiel.

Celebratory gunfire is against the law, can seriously damage property and, worst of all, it could kill someone.

"It could damage property, hurt someone and it could kill someone inadvertently. So just think about it, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate," said Federspiel.

Zastrow also urges everyone to stay safe this New Year's Eve by putting away the guns.

"With all the violence we already have going on around here, please do not shoot guns on New Year's Eve, please, I beg of you," said Zastrow.

Federspiel says if you hear gunfire and or see anyone recklessly firing a weapon, call 911.

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