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NEWARK -- An alleged Bloods street gang member is being held on charges of possessing of a stolen machine gun and a sawed-off shotgun, authorities said Monday.
Shawn King, 20, of Newark, was arraigned in Superior Court on multiple weapons as well as aggravated assault charges in a separate incident in which he allegedly fired shots at a man, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said in a statement.
He said officers went to King's residence Thursday, seeking to arrest him for the shooting, but he was not there. However, officers seized a .308 Heckler & Koch fully automatic machine gun with an optic scope and a fully loaded and sawed-off Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun, the sheriff said.
"The machine gun was discovered on the floor under King's bed and the shotgun was secreted between the mattress and box spring," Fontura said. He said large cache of ammunition, including illegal hollow point bullets, was also recovered from the King's bedroom.
The machine gun, the sheriff said, was reported stolen out of Durham, N. C. on July 7, 2011.
Last Friday, a task force comprised of officers from the United States Marshals Service and Essex County sheriff's detectives executed an arrest warrant for King at a residence on West Rich Street in Irvington, Fontoura said.
King was wanted for allegedly firing a handgun at a man near a gas station on Sanford Avenue on Oct. 8, authorities said.
In addition to the charge for the shooting, King now faces charges of possession of a shotgun, possession of a prohibited sawed-off shotgun, possession of a machine gun, possession of hollow point bullets, and receiving stolen property.
He is being held on $150,000 cash bond.
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