Paulette Thorpe Wiki – Paulette Thorpe Biography
Paulette Thorpe, 74, died Saturday from just such a celebration in Durham, North Carolina, the Raleigh New & Observer reports.
Although police frequently caution against it, 4th of July celebrants often fire their guns into the air, perhaps forgetting, in their glee, that what goes up must come down. Too often when those bullets come down, the result is death.
Durham police responded to a report of a gunshot wound at about 11 p.m. near North Carolina Central University on the city’s south side. Thorpe, who had been marking the holiday with her family, was rushed to a hospital, where she died.
“Celebratory gunfire is a crime. In Durham firing a gun into the air is a CLASS 3 misdemeanor with a fine of up to $500. Here’s why: Bullets fired in the air can travel a long distance. And, what goes up, more often than not, must come down… and sometimes has fatal consequences for people and pets. Property damage is often another consequence of celebratory gunfire. Shattered windows and damaged roofs are often discovered after such incidents.”
Celebrate safely this weekend. Do not throw caution to the wind…literally!
“Last night as people throughout Durham peacefully celebrated the July 4th holiday with their friends and family, a small few chose to put our community at risk by carelessly firing guns into the air,” Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis said in a statement. “This reckless behavior led to the tragic death of Ms. Paulette Thorpe. Ms. Thorpe’s death reminds us that we as a community must work together to prevent these senseless acts, so that no family suffers such a tragedy ever again.”