Machine Gun & Sawed Off Shotgun Arrest
Newark – An alleged member of the Bloods street gang was arraigned today on multiple weapons and aggravated assault charges following his arrest late last week by a federal and county law enforcement task force.
Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that the task force comprised of officers from the United States Marshals Service and Essex County sheriff’s detectives executed an arrest warrant for Shawn King, 20, of Newark, at 79 West Rich Street in Irvington on Friday night.
King surrendered to the officers without incident.
“Prior to the suspect’s arrest, our officers responded to King’s residence where they discovered and seized a .308 Heckler & Koch fully automatic machine gun with an optic scope and a fully loaded and sawed-off Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun. The machine gun was discovered on the floor under King’s bed and the shotgun was secreted between the mattress and box springs. A large cache of ammunition, including illegal hollow point bullets, was also recovered from the suspect’s bedroom.”
The machine gun was found to have been reported stolen out of Durham, North Carolina on July 7, 2011.
“King was wanted for aggravated assault by Newark police for allegedly firing a handgun at a male victim near a gas station on Sanford Avenue on October 8th of this year,” Sheriff Fontoura added.
In addition to the original aggravated assault charge, King was additionally charged with possession of a shotgun, possession of a prohibited weapon (sawed-off shotgun), possession of a machine gun, possession of hollow point bullets and receiving stolen property (machine gun).
At today’s arraignment, King was ordered held at the county jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bond only.