A 20-year-old man who was spotted pointing a military-style rifle out of a van in North Philadelphia has been arrested and charged with weapon offenses, police said Thursday.
Kyree Saunders allegedly told police he was making a rap video.
About 5 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of a person in a silver van aiming a weapon out of a window on North 16th Street, near Indiana Avenue, police said. After pulling the van over, they found Saunders in the driver's seat wearing a black hoodie and a black bandana over his face, police said.
Next to the driver's seat was a loaded Eagle Arms Eagle-15 rifle, along with a second loaded magazine, police said. Saunders told police he was making a video for a rap singer, police said.
Saunders, of the 6600 block of North 5th Street in the city's Oak Lane section, has been charged with carrying a firearm without a license and unlawfully carrying a firearm in public. He is in custody. Bail was set at $25,000 during his arraignment Wednesday.
A second man was with the van and had video equipment on him, police said. He has not been charged. Police confiscated the rifle.
FOX 29, which first reported Saunders' arrest, said a city firefighter had spotted Saunders pointing the rifle out of the window and had called 911. Saunders and the cameraman allegedly told police the rifle belonged to a friend, the TV station reported.