Stolen mini AK-47, ski masks found during traffic stop in North Charleston

Thompson and Johnson
Thompson and Johnson

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officers found a stolen mini AK-47, ski masks and two pistols during a traffic stop in North Charleston on Thursday.

The North Charleston Police Department charged 20-year-old Marcel Rashad Thompson of Goose Greek and 33-year-old James Garrius Johnson of North Charleston with unlawful carrying of a firearm and possession of a stolen gun.

On Thursday night, a North Charleston police officer responding to possible shots fired in the area of Dorchester Road and Gwinett Street saw a black Crown Victoria, which matched the description of the shooting suspects vehicle, on Ashley Phosphate Road.

The officer reported that after he stopped the car, he could see the passenger making "excessive movements" and leaning over in the seat. According to police, the driver, later identified as Johnson, and the passenger, Thompson, were shaking "excessively" and fumbling around with their ID cards.

A police report states that during a traffic stop, an officer spotted a firearm in plain view in the console area of the suspects' vehicle.

After police detained both suspects, officers say they found a pistol with two rounds with one of the rounds in the chamber, under the driver's seat. Under the passenger's seat, investigators say officers found a stolen mini AK-47 style pistol and a magazine loaded with 29 rounds.

A police report states as officers were escorting Thompson to a patrol vehicle, a secondary search was conducted on Thompson in which an officer found a pistol in the front of his pants waistband.

Investigators say they also located a black ski mask in the passenger compartment of the suspect's vehicle, and another black ski mask was found in Johnson's possession.

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