Thursday, July 25, 2013
Two men were arrested July 18 after North Charleston Police discovered guns and ski masks in a car.
Police pulled the car over after gunshots were reported in the area of Dorchester Road and Gwinette Street at about 10:20 p.m., according to a North Charleston Police Department report.
Arrested were Marcel Rashad Thompson, 20, of Goose Creek, and James Garrius Johnson, 33, of North Charleston. They were charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a stolen firearm.
The suspect vehicle was pulled over on Ashley Phosphate Road and Stall Road about an hour after the initial call. The vehicle, a black Ford Crown Victoria, was rolling slowly and did not come to a stop until near Mazyck Road.
An officer shined a spotlight into the suspect vehicle and saw the passenger making excessive movements and leaning over the seat, according to the report. An officer noticed the suspect vehicle was still in drive and he asked the driver, Johnson, to put the vehicle in park and place the keys on the roof.
Both suspects were shaking excessively and fumbling with their ID cards, according to the report.
Officers observed a firearm in plain view of the dash and one of the suspects confirmed it was indeed a firearm.
The driver exited the vehicle and was detained with handcuffs.
In the vehicle officers found a Smith & Wesson .45 pistol loaded with two rounds (one in the chamber) under the driver's seat near the transmission hump. Under the passenger seat was a Draco AK-47 style pistol and a magazine loaded with 29 rounds of ammunition.
The AK-47 was reported stolen from Berkeley County.
Thompson had a Hi-Point JCP .40 S&W pistol in the front of his pants waistband, according to the report.
A ski mask was found in the vehicle's passenger compartment and another found in Johnson's pocket.