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NYPD Tracks Gun in Times Square Shootout

NYPD Tracks Gun in Times Square Shootout

Police block off Times Square after a shooting earlier this week. (AP Photo)

The AP via YellowBrix

December 13, 2009

NEW YORK, NY – A machine pistol used by a street hustler and aspiring rapper shot dead in a Times Square gunfight was purchased from a Virginia gun shop by a woman who reported it stolen 10 days after she bought it, authorities said.

Raymond Martinez, who wrote songs about staring down cops in Times Square and hawked CDs to tourists, was carrying a stolen Mac-10 pistol and a pocketful of business cards from Virginia gun dealers – including the one where the gun was purchased – when he was killed by a plainclothes officer near the Marriott Marquis hotel, police said. The handgun, which held 30 rounds, jammed after Martinez got off three shots.

Officer Involved Shootings

Jordan Kelsey-Stewart, 25, bought the weapon Oct. 18 from Dale’s Guns in Powhatan, Va., chief NYPD police spokesman Paul Browne said Friday. Officials with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are trying to find her and are investigating whether she had any connection to Martinez; a telephone listing for her could not immediately be found on Friday.

Police said Kelsey-Stewart reported the gun stolen from her car Oct. 28 in Richmond, Va. It was unclear how Martinez obtained it, and there was some evidence he owned it for only a brief period of time – weeks at most and perhaps just days.

Investigators also were trying to determine whether Martinez had other weapons. They said they found a .22-caliber handgun during a police search of Martinez’s home on Friday.

“We’re actively investigating whether he was involved in purchasing firearms,” Browne said.

Dale Blankenship, who owns Dale’s Guns, said he provided the information about who bought the gun to the ATF earlier Friday. He said Kelsey-Stewart was from the Richmond area, had all the proper identification and passed a background check when she purchased the weapon.

Blankenship said she bought the gun by herself. He didn’t know what happened to the gun after he sold it.

“I have no idea,” he told The Associated Press. “I don’t know how the gun was stolen.”

Martinez, 25, went by the rap name “Ready” and regularly sold CDs for his group, Square Free, in Times Square. He was part of a freelance collection of hawkers who sell self-produced wares on the street.


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    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    NYC was cleaned up by Rudy!!! He did a great job, lets hope it stays that way...I've been there before he was in office and it was pretty bad not as bad as everyone makes it out to be, but not as good as it is now...NYC is a great place there is nowhere in the world that has what it has to offer...

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    lmaines

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I'd have to agree people make NYC sound scary and it's not. The people there are actually really nice. And the policemen (and women) there do the best that they can do. With a city that big you have expect some to fall through the holes..besides this guy got what was coming to him. Not to mention it could have been alot worse.

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    specop

    over 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    i was born in queens and visit there all the time, spent some time living in the notourios queens brige housing and its not that bad,compared to this side of florida were every pos has some type of fire arm,not to mention a mac 10 goes for $300 bucks brand new down here.

  • Pub_fop_star_juo8_max50

    SLAWDAWG1

    over 4 years ago

    294 Comments

    NYC, IS NOT AS BAD AS SOME PEOPLE THINK. SOME SAY THE SAME ABOUT CALIFORNIA. EVERYONE NEEDS TO CALM DOWN, AS YOU CAN SEE STUPID PEOPLE WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Gotta tell ya... I'd rather stay out of San Francisco.... Sorry.

  • Irishflag_max50

    Murphyx

    over 4 years ago

    1042 Comments

    NYC isn't as bad as people think. Definitely a great place to visit. I've lived here almost 24 years and never been afraid for my life. You just have to keep your wits about you and don't be intimidated by punks.

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    Retleo

    over 4 years ago

    5524 Comments

    kma438, NYC is a GREAT place to visit. Manhatten is absolutely crawling with NYPD and the streets are as safe as any major city can be. You do yourself a dis-service by writing off one of the greatest cities in the world because of a few POS's. WE own the streets, not the dirtbags!

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    MountainSmoky

    over 4 years ago

    110 Comments

    this is why I don't go to NYC

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50

    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    One less dirtbag on the street and a gun off the street and it should be returned to its owner.

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    bravokilo85

    over 4 years ago

    86 Comments

    Typically, Mac-10's are junk weapons, and gang-bangers don't have formal weapons training. As for being a 'machine pistol', this is simply not the case. A criminal stole a weapon, and the anti-gun zealots will be coming out in force to demonize an inanimate object. The only positive note: the cops downed a tango and won;t be fried for it. +1 for the good guys.

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    uncledennis1

    over 4 years ago

    23296 Comments

    Thanks goodness the gun jamed. One can only imagine the damage this scumbag could have caused. Good job officer.

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    BklynsFinest347

    over 4 years ago

    2016 Comments

    Guns flooding the streets, that's nothing new to this city. But like Baghdad Bloomberg says, "CRIME IS DOWN!!" hahahahaha

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Mr Bloomberg only you can stop the madness. Give us your gun! So we can level the playing field.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    There is no balance out on the streets. Cops are outmanned out gunned and the people are the losers for having these pieces of garbage out controlling the streets...well armed and with arsenals that only the marine corps should have. How can this be??

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    brooklynsergeant,

    Right on the money Sarge... I can't help but to agree with you 100%.

    Martinez was nothing but just another POS who got exactly what he needed.
    Nothing more. Nothing less.

    Mayor Bloomberg is just another politician trying to create more Gun Control that as we all know, will only affect the law-abiding citizen...

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