INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHR) - A peaceful west Indianapolis neighborhood was all abuzz on New Year's Eve.
Cellphone video captured a barrage of gunfire after the clock struck midnight. Someone was firing their weapon into the sky near W. 30th Street and Falcon Drive, immediately north of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"The longer it went into the night, the bigger the caliber of weapon it became," said the man who recorded the gunfire on his cellphone.
He did not want to be identified. He says gunfire illuminated the street and lasted for nearly an hour.
"Nobody should have to sit in fear and think that a bullet is going to come raining down through the ceiling and possibly kill your child," he said.
He called 911, but says an officer never came.
"They dispatched a unit is what they told me. I know it was New Year's Eve and a very busy night for law enforcement, but in the event that there was a person on a rampage with a weapon that had 30 rounds and rolling off 300 rounds, and it never being addressed... that's where I'm concerned," he said.
The man said incidents like this shine a negative light on those who support the 2nd Amendment.
"I feel that this puts a lot of pressure on people that support that right because of ignorance from individuals that have no disregard for human safety," he said.
If police find someone firing their weapon in the air, they can be arrested and charged with criminal recklessness. They can also serve six months to 2 1/2 years in jail and possibly pay a fine up to $10,000.
Metro police responded to 250 "shots fired" calls between 9 p.m. New Year's Eve and 8 a.m. New Year's Day.