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Patriotic gunfire lands man in jail

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

SNELLVILLE -- Celebratory gunfire that rang out in Snellville on Fourth of July morning was enough to land one resident in jail, police said Tuesday.

Snellville resident Pradel Angrand, 49, is charged with reckless conduct and discharging a weapon near a street for allegedly firing a gun in the 2800 block of Fenton Place about 10 a.m. No injuries were reported.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said officers were able to determine that Angrand was firing the gun in celebration. He posted $2,600 bond and was released from jail later Monday.

It's illegal in Georgia to discharge a gun or pistol within 50 yards of a public highway or street, Angrand's arrest warrant stipulates.

Celebratory gunfire led to deadly consequences during another recent holiday in Gwinnett.

Sergio Martinez, 34, died when a bullet pierced his Lilburn home and struck him in the head around midnight on New Year's Eve.

Two men who live across the street -- Ervin Turner and his stepson, Jesse Foster -- were charged with involuntary manslaughter for firing the gun that killed Martinez in celebration of the new year.

Both suspects were released from the Gwinnett County Jail on $55,200 bond later in January. Their cases are pending in Gwinnett Superior Court.