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Teen's message: No celebratory gunfire

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Diego Duran and his mom Sandy hope their message is heard loud and clear.

"We hope for no bullets in the sky and no innocent lives threatened just because they are outside celebrating," Sandy said.

His campaign called "Bullet Free Sky" stems from his own experience.

Two years ago on New Year's Eve the Durans celebrated at their Ruskin home.

"We were all watching fireworks standing next to each other and he collapsed," Sandy said.

Diego recalls the night.

"I could still like hear, I hear my sister say, Diego, and they tell me blood is gushing out of my mouth and nose," said Diego.

Diego's family rushed him to the hospital.

"We realized with the X-rays that he had been struck in the head by a .45 full metal jacket," said Sandy.

He went through multiple surgeries and months of recovery time.

Now he tells his story hoping people will listen and never shoot their guns off in celebration.

"What people don't understand is a bullet leaving a gun can travel anywhere from a mile to five miles," said Bruce Kitzis.

Kitzis is the general manager of Shooters World. He works with Diego and his family to inform gun owners about the danger of celebratory gunfire.

"If you are thinking about having a good time and you're pointing a gun outside this store it could easily go three, four miles away and you don't know where it's coming down," he said.

Tonight Kitzis and Diego's family hope many will listen.

"Just think before you shoot up in the air that you could take somebody's life," said Diego.

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