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AK-47 pistol fired from apartment on Eastside, police make arrest

A member of the Bloomington Police Department carries a rifle back to his car while police investigate reports of shots fired on E. Longview Ave., Monday, January 6, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

A  man was arrested Monday after he allegedly fired an AK-47 pistol from the window of an apartment Monday morning, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

Police received multiple 911 calls about shots being fired in the area of N. Pete Ellis Drive and E. Longview Avenue at about 11 a.m., according to the Bloomington Police Department.

“Once in the area, officers were directed by witnesses to an apartment in the 3200 block of E. Longview Avenue as being the suspected location of where the gunshots had come from. Nearby construction workers advised officers that they heard approximately 5-6 gunshots and saw the barrel of a suspected rifle being pointed out of a third story apartment window. After an approximate 10-15 second pause, 5-6 more rounds were fired out of the window and the workers could see the muzzle flash from the firearm,” the BPD said in a statement to the media.

Three males were seen leaving the apartment, and were soon detained by the police, who found an AK-47 pistol in a backpack worn by one of the men, according to the police. “As an officer was removing a backpack from one of the men, he felt a large firearm inside the backpack,” said the police.

“The firearm was determined to be an AK-47 pistol that was loaded with 13 rounds in the magazine and one round in the firing chamber. Officers also located suspected marijuana and numerous pills inside a baggie in the man’s sweatshirt pocket,” according to the police.

“A search of the apartment that had been pointed out by the construction workers as to where the gun had been seen firing from resulted in numerous spent 7.62×39 shell casings being located inside a bedroom,” said the police.

There was no damage to nearby building, nobody was injured, and two of the men were released, but the one who had been carrying the backpack was arrested, according to the BPD.

The 22-year-old man “was charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, level 5 felony; possession of a handgun without a permit, class A misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance, class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, class B misdemeanor,” according to the police.

All charges are mere allegations unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

A police car is parked at Kingston Manor apartments while police investigate reports of shots fired on E. Longview Ave., Monday, January 6, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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