Girl, 5, Killed by Celebratory Gunfire Minutes Into 2017

Party guest allegedly fired into ground as she walked by
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2017 5:40 PM CST
Girl, 5, Killed by Celebratory Gunfire Minutes Into 2017
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An Alabama New Year's Eve party turned tragic just minutes after the clock struck midnight: As a man, one of the approximately 30 party guests, allegedly fired celebratory gun shots toward the ground, a 5-year-old girl walked into the line of fire, the News-Courier reports. She was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at an Athens hospital. Police say that when suspect Fidel Rodriguez Canchola, 34, realized what had happened, he fled the scene on foot. He was arrested at his home Sunday morning and charged with criminally negligent homicide. (Read more accidental death stories.)

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