2 arrested in downtown Charleston were 'shooting at birds'

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Police have arrested two men after 1 of them was spotted firing a gun in downtown Charleston.

Charleston Police Department officers were called to a neighborhood after someone called 911 saying a man was firing a rifle toward an overpass.

It turned out to be a BB gun and there were no reported injuries.

But 21-year-old Phillip Joseph Popoff was charged with firing a spring gun. 47-year-old Bryan Allen Matzke is charged with trespassing.

A police report says Popoff told officers they were shooting at birds at the overpass with the Daisy BB gun they had purchased from a pawn shop earlier Tuesday.

It was not clear if the Charleston men have lawyers.

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