Firing in the air

Corpus Christi Police made two separate arrests for people celebrating the arrival of the New Year by firing a gun into the air.

At about 11:25 PM Officers responded to a home in the 11200 block of Willowood Creek Drive after reports came in that a man was firing a .12 gauge shotgun into the air. When Officers arrived several witnesses told them that they saw a man come out of his home and fire shots from a shotgun into the air.

Officers contacted the homeowner, Justin Weldy, 28, and arrested him for discharging a firearm in the city, a Class A misdemeanor. He was additionally charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, when the illegal substance was found in a pocket of his shorts.

The shotgun was tagged as evidence.

Illegal discharging of firearm

Just after midnight, Corpus Christi Police responded to a home in the 700 block of Eleanor Street after a man was seen in the driveway of his home firing a handgun into the air.

Officers arrived and found Robert Obregon (12/16/1986) in possession of a .9 millimeter pistol and 11 shell casing along the driveway of his home. He was arrested for discharging a firearm in the city, a Class A misdemeanor, and his handgun was recovered as evidence.

Man shot with stray bullet

A 43-year-old man was lucky he was not seriously injured when a shot went through his home and struck him in the torso.

Corpus Christi Police responded to the home, located in the 4200 block of Easy Street just before 9:30 PM, and when Officers arrived they were told that a bullet came through the kitchen window and hit the homeowner who was sitting inside in the stomach. Luckily, he was not injured by the bullet.

Officers believe the shot came from an open field near the home, where gunfire had been heard earlier in the evening.

At this time, Officers have not located the person they believe is responsible. It is unknown if the shot was fired by a hunter or if someone celebrating the New Year fired the gun.