Fourth of July gunshot numbers up from 2012

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1373063337&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4129551&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1373063337 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Every single year, the message in the Birmingham area is the same – don’t fire guns on the Fourth of July.

If someone happens to be caught firing, they’ll face serious charges.

Birmingham’s ShotSpotter recorded gunshots over the holiday, not too many people heeded the warning.

Between midnight on Wednesday and midnight on Thursday, ShotSpotter picked up 1,127 gunshots.

Those numbers are up slightly from 1,098 and 1,075 as the year before.

Officers checked out a whopping 2,300 calls to dispatch over a 24-hour period.

Bessemer police had a much calmer night.

Officers only took 10 calls of shots being fired, which is 50 percent less than July 4,2012.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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