D.C. police Monday night arrested three men after authorities said they found two guns in a car in Northeast Washington’s Edgewood neighborhood, including a TEC-9 semiautomatic pistol with a large-capacity magazine.
Police said they also found a .45-caliber Glock handgun, 55 bullets and nearly $1,200. Two of the men were from Newport News, Va.; it was unclear where the third man lives.
“It’s a big seizure for us,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said on her monthly appearance on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt. “I see the results of these extended magazines every day. High-capacity magazines and the firing of 30 to 40 rounds on a public street, the impact is just horrendous.”
Lanier has repeatedly blamed a rise in the number of homicides on what she says is an increase in large-caliber weapons that can hold dozens of bullets and shoot in rapid succession.
Police seized the guns after being called about 7:45 p.m. Monday to the 600 block of Edgewood Street NE to check on a person carrying a gun. Police said officers saw a red Toyota Camry with Virginia license plates parked and occupied by three men. The car did not move over the course of 45 minutes.
Officers eventually approached the car, and when one person got out, police said in a report, a bullet fell from his pants. Police put all three men in handcuffs and searched the car, and the guns and ammunition were found in the trunk, the report says.