Police who went to a Burgundy Street apartment building because gunshots had been reported in the area found a small arsenal of weapons and a bullet-proof vest in one apartment, according to an inventory attached to a search warrant.
Police found shell casings in the street near 1500 Burgundy St., and more near the door to 1500, they told a magistrate early Friday, when they asked for permission to search that apartment after detaining a group of men outside. A Nissan Altima parked in the street had been shot up, they said.
Officers were told several men had gone into 1500 after the shots stopped. Shortly after, they arrested six men and a woman on firearm possession and marijuana possession charges.
In the warrant that they turned in to court officials after finishing the search, police said they found two shotguns, a rifle, four handguns and ammunition. One of the shotguns had been cut down to a length that qualifies it as a weapon of mass destruction under state law.
Never miss a local story.
There also was a vest, known to police as a ballistic vest, to protect the wearer from bullets, , seven “small” bags of marijuana, the inventory stated.
Shaquana Renee Vick, 24, who lives in the apartment, was charged with felony marijuana possession and possession of a stolen firearm and possession of the sawed-off shotgun.
Without naming Vick, police told the magistrate that a woman who lived at the apartment said only she and her mother were there.
Also arrested, however, were six men who police said were inside. They ranged in age from 19 to 32.
Five of the men were charged with breaking an ordinance against shooting a gun inside city limits, and three with being felons in possession of a gun.
A magistrate refused bail for one of the trio, Kellen Chandler Stewart, because he had been convicted before of the same thing last year.
All seven people were due for court appearances Monday.