Police: Man making rap video with military-style rifle gets arrested in N. Philly

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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.






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. A cameraman was sitting in the back seat of the van, and Saunders and the cameraman allegedly told police the rifle belonged to a friend, the TV station reported.

Police confiscated the rifle and a video, which allegedly showed Saunders loading the weapon and pointing it out of the window while the pair were driving around North Philly, FOX 29 reported.
















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