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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several people were arrested early Wednesday morning, accused of firing guns into the air on New Year's Day.
According to arrest reports, 31-year-old Shawana Ford was arrested one minute after midnight. Police say she was seen near the corner of Dixie Hwy. and Wilson Ave., firing a handgun into the air.
Police say pedestrians and vehicles were nearby, and there was a restaurant across the street with customers walking in and out. Calling her behavior "reckless and wanton," they argue that she could have killed innocent bystanders. Police say they seized a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun.
Ford was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment.
At 12:33 a.m., police say they saw 59-year-old Donald L. Bell firing a handgun into the air in his driveway at the corner of Dixie Hwy. and Nelson Ave. When the officer stopped, police say Bell ran into his house. Police eventually arrested Bell, charging him with wanton endangerment. Upon his arrest, Bell allegedly told officers, "everyone else is doing it."
Ford and Bell weren't the only ones to be arrested. Shortly after midnight, Shively Police were dispatched to a home on Auburn Dr., near the interchange between the Watterson Expressway and Dixie Hwy. Police say they'd received reports from a neighbor that 6-8 people were shooting an automatic rifle in the back yard.
Just before officers arrived on the scene, they allegedly saw and heard "numerous amounts of gunfire."
Police say they came around the side of the house and found four men "shooting multiple firearms and a rifle in the air." Those firearms allegedly included two handguns and an AR-15 assault rifle.
Harold L. Howard (age 48), Anthony L. Billups (age 35) and Tijay L. Harrison (age 19) were arrested and charged with wanton endangerment. Police say a fourth suspect was cited.
Five minutes after midnight, the Louisville Metro Police VIPER Unit arrested a man near the corner of Date St. and S. 22nd St. after they allegedly heard multiple shots fired from a high-caliber rifle.
Police say they saw 38-year-old Dalus A. Gaines standing with a group of people, firing an AK-47 assault rifle (though it's not clear if he was firing into the air). When police identified themselves, the suspects ran away.
Officers say they eventually located Gaines inside a nearby home, along with the AK-47. He was charged with wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading police and tampering with physical evidence, according to an arrest report.