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Ken Palmertree and the .38-caliber bullet that came through a second-story window of his home in Mobile on New Year's Eve.
Holiday gunfire brings 10 arrests
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Police arrested 10 men and seized at least 10 weapons during New Year's celebrations across Mobile, with one bullet crashing through a midtown window.
"It's comical right now, but it could have really been bad," Ken Palmertree said of the .38-caliber bullet that landed in his pet parrot's water bowl.
Palmertree, 58, said he did not call the police because he figured that nothing could be done, with so many shots fired in the area.
A police task force arrested one man Saturday and nine men Sunday on weapons violations, police spokesman Officer John Young said.
On Tuesday, Mobile police displayed 10 firearms confiscated when officers responded to some of the 200 complaints of gunfire during the New Year's holiday weekend.
"It was Dodge City, gunfire all over the place," Palmertree told the Press-Register for a story Wednesday, "then I heard a 'phisst' sound. I knew what it was — breaking glass."
He found a bullet hole in the middle of a side window on the second story.
The slug "hit the parrot's cage, just missed the bird and went into his water bowl," Palmertree said.
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