A family is making a very personal plea to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday responsibly.
And that means no firing guns into the air.
The family of 13-year-old Diego Duran is pushing a project called "Bullet-Free Skies," reminding folks how dangerous it is to fire weapons in the air.
Diego knows first hand of the dangers. On New Year's Eve, he was struck by celebratory gunfire, and he's had several surgeries since then.
"The type of bullet that struck Diego is a 45-caliber," said Sandy Duran. "It's about 11 millimeters long, so it's a pretty large bullet. A bullet like that, due to its weight, can travel up to a mile and a half."
He's finally back home with his family following months of hospital visits. His family wants to remind people that smaller bullets can travel up to three miles and hurt innocent people.
"I want people to know, we're not against guns," Diego's Godmother Kat Chiu said. "We're not against gun ownership or anything like that. We are against people using guns inappropriately and negligently."
Investigators still don't know who fired the shot that hit Diego. We're told he's now all caught up with school and has been promoted to the eight grade.
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