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Miami leaders warn public of danger of shooting guns to ring in the New Year

Rickia Isaac, 5, killed by stray bullet during MLK Day celebration

MIAMI – On the heels of the New Year, leaders in the city of Miami are standing together with a clear message.

"If someone fires a gun and the bullet hits someone, that person will not be able to look forward to their future," said Chiquita Butler, senior executive assistant to the Miami police chief. "So the message is very simple: put them down."

Rickia Isaac, 5, was killed by a stray bullet in 1997 during a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

Thursday's event is part the 18th annual "No More Stray Bullets" campaign to stop people from pulling the trigger and shooting guns in the air to ring in the New Year.

"After 20 years of Rickia being dead, won't you stop this violence? Won't you not shoot?" the Rev. Jerome Starling said.  

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado joined county Commissioner Audrey Edmonson Thursday to share a similar message that "one bullet kills the party."

"When a bullet goes up in the air, it always has to come down," Edmonson said. "And when it comes down, we have no idea where that bullet is coming too, and it can kill innocent bystanders and victims."