Phoenix toddler struck by random gunfire on New Year’s Eve expected to survive

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PHOENIX — Police say a toddler is recovering after he was struck by random gunfire in Phoenix on New Year’s Eve.

A police sergeant told the Arizona Republic on Wednesday the 3-year-old boy is expected to survive being struck by a bullet fragment in a backyard. Authorities are searching for whoever fired the weapon.

Though the full circumstances were not immediately clear, shooting guns into the air to celebrate the New Year and other holidays is a longstanding practice in some places. It’s a felony in Arizona, where a 14-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet in 1999.