Shannon Smith would be in her late 20s if not for the wrong-headed actions of some jerk who fired his gun into the air.
Don't try this at home.
Instead, she was killed by a bullet at age 14 while standing in her front yard.
Odds are, the person who fired the gun from about a mile away -- who has never been identified, much less caught -- didn't mean to hurt anyone. The home version of the 21-gun salute is simply a way to celebrate something with a loud bang.