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12-Year-Old Seen Carrying AR-15 On Philly Street

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 18: In this photo illustration a Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle is seen on December 18, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The weapon is similar in style to the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that was used during a massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Firearm sales have surged recently as speculation of stricter gun laws and a re-instatement of the assault weapons ban following the mass shooting. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA – a police officer in Philadelphia’s 15th District was called to a scene where a 12-year-old was seen walking down the street with a fully loaded AR-15.

KYW-TV reports 19-year-old Michael Mitchell was arguing with his neighbor on the 2200 block of Kennedy Street and was armed with a handgun, during the altercation Mitchell asked his 12-year-old brother to go grab the assault rifle.

Neighbors saw the 12-year-old boy walking down the street with the weapon and immediately called the police

“I immediately confronted two males, one a juvenile and a second adult male,” said Officer Krzysztof Wrzesinski.


Police say when they arrived both guns were inside a vehicle, but the teen tried to grab the rifle.

“I opened up the back door of the black Ford Taurus and he reached for the AR,” Wrzesinski said. “That’s when I yelled at him to ‘stop’ and he immediately stopped and complied.”

CBS Philly reports 19-year-old Mitchell has been charged with a third-degree felony violation of the uniform firearms act- no license, first-degree misdemeanor criminal conspiracy, first-degree misdemeanor terroristic threats, first-degree misdemeanor violation of the uniform firearms -on street, first-degree misdemeanor corruption of minors, first-degree misdemeanor reckless endangerment of another person and violation of the uniform firearms.

Police report the 12-year-old was also arrested, but It’s unknown if any charges are pending.