Fourth of July gets weird on the grid

You think this is enough?

Don’t bring a firecracker to a gunfight.

A group of friends celebrating July Fourth last week learned that hard lesson shortly before 11 p.m. in the 1200 block of D Street. Gathered in front of a downtown Sacramento residence in a neighborhood north of Mansion Flats, one of the friends tossed a lit firecracker into the street, where it landed in front of a passing car.

Apparently the driver was none too amused—or else hates America—because he pulled over and fired one round from a handgun at the revelers before driving off.

Sacramento Police Department logs say no one was injured. Police recovered one spent shell casing at the scene.

America’s birthday took a retro turn less than an hour later, when cops arrested 59-year-old Michael Robinson on suspicion of assaulting someone with a sword during a domestic dispute. The attack took place near the Dollar Tree off Stockton Boulevard, logs show. The victim was treated for a non-life-threatening injury at a nearby hospital.

Earlier that Thursday, police also busted a group of juveniles for possessing stolen beer and illegal fireworks. One of the youths was booked into juvenile hall, while the rest were released to their parents.

Who taught these kids that beer and illegal fireworks is the proper way to celebrate Independence Day?

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