- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

KENNER, La. (AP) - Kenner police say man firing a gun to celebrate the new year wounded a 40-year-old woman in the abdomen.

Lt. Brian McGregor said in a news release that 26-year-old Brandon Smith was booked with aggravated battery, negligent injury and illegal discharge of a firearm.

McGregor says Smith was firing a gun toward an empty lot in celebration of New Year’s early Friday morning when one round ricocheted off a metal pole and a struck the woman who was get out of a car.

The unidentified woman was taken to a New Orleans hospital, where she was treated and released.

McGregor say police obtained a search warrant and found the handgun inside a vent in Smith’s apartment.

Online jail records do not list an attorney for Smith.

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