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Detroit — A 32-year-old man is expected to survive after he was hit by a stray bullet Wednesday evening on the city’s east side, according to police.

“He was walking and felt something hit his head,” Sgt. Cassandra Lewis said of the 5:30 p.m. incident on the 10000 block of Whittier Avenue. “We believe it was a projectile, most likely a stray bullet.”

The victim never heard a gunshot, Lewis said.

“(The gun) could have been shot from two blocks over or three blocks over,” she said. “We don’t know. He didn’t hear it.”

The man was taken a local hospital in temporary-serious condition, Lewis said. He is expected to recover.

Lewis said the incident is a reminder for Detroiters to forgo shooting weapons to celebrate News Year’s Eve Thursday.

“People could ring in the New Year with bells or some other form of acknowledgment of the New Year,” she said.

“Firing guns indiscriminately, we have no way of knowing where those projectiles will end up. It’s just way too dangerous to do that in neighborhoods where there are children, elderly people and innocent citizens.”

HFournier@detroitnews.com

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