NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say they arrested a 21-year-old man for a stolen handgun following a foot pursuit in North Charleston early Tuesday morning.
The North Charleston Police Department has charged Gary Sylvester Jordan II of Summerville with unlawful carry of a firearm and possession of a stolen pistol. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, officers responded to the IHOP on 5934 Centre Point Drive regarding a fight involving a large crowd.
Officers found a female victim who had been pepper sprayed and received information that shots were fired in the area.
An officer in the area said she saw several vehicles driving with people hanging out of the vehicle windows being loud and boisterous. According to authorities, the officer stopped a black Caprice with four males in the vehicle with a strong smell of marijuana coming from it.
The officer said she then asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle and the driver and passenger said no. The officer then asked where they were coming from and one of them said that they were coming from IHOP and left after the disturbance broke out.
The officer then called in for assistance to search the vehicle due to the strong smell of marijuana and the shots fired from the area. Police report that as the officer walked the driver towards the rear of the vehicle, the driver took off on foot.
A police report states that the driver was taken into custody behind the Panera Bread at the McCall Shopping Center. Officers say they found a stolen loaded Springfield Armory 9mm semi automatic firearm in the area where the driver took off running.
A records check of the firearm confirmed that the firearm was reported stolen by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.
Jordan said he did not know that the firearm was stolen and that a friend gave him the gun. He also said he carried the gun for protection.
Jordan was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.