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Vehicle with mounted 'gun' panics Detroit suburb

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:19 a.m. HST, Jul 10, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. » A man driving an armor-plated military-type vehicle and firing what appeared to be a machine gun mounted on top caused a ripple of panic in suburban Detroit on the Fourth of July.

It turned out the weapon was a modified World War II .50-caliber machine gun that had been converted to fire compressed gas. It produced bright flashes and loud gunfire sounds as the driver, a man in his 40s, drove around Shelby Township.

Recordings of a series of 911 calls capture the fear of residents whose reports of the imposing sight sent officers swarming late Thursday. In one call, bangs similar to the sound of gunshots can be heard.

Police say they arrested the driver and confiscated his vehicle. He was released Friday. Charges are pending.

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Pocho wrote:
Musta been SCARY!
on July 10,2013 | 06:18AM
serious wrote:
Well, looking at the crime rate in Detroit and Chicago--I don't blame the guy--protection. What's he afraid of----NOTHING!!!
on July 10,2013 | 01:02PM
allie wrote:
on July 10,2013 | 06:23AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I bet this lolo likes to go to the airport and yell Hi Jack!
on July 10,2013 | 06:50AM
thos wrote:
That ain't nothin'. Just think what will happen in DEE troit if Zimmerman walks.
on July 10,2013 | 06:50AM
Anonymous wrote:
But its perfectly alright to blast that rap music while driving around.
on July 10,2013 | 07:07AM
grantos wrote:
on July 10,2013 | 09:03AM
SteveToo wrote:
His only crime will most likely be disturbing the peace with the noise. Hope he has a good lawyer.
on July 10,2013 | 07:26AM
Sunny wrote:
Lolo move, but COOL vehicle!
on July 10,2013 | 07:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
He's lucky George Zimmerman is otherwise occupied.
on July 10,2013 | 09:04AM
2NDC wrote:
There's a similar vehicle with a similar gun set up here on Oahu. Pretty cool to see it in parades and other special events.
on July 10,2013 | 09:42AM
Larry01 wrote:
Clueless move on the part of the vehicle owner. However, I will say that's a pretty awesome-looking M20. Must've spent a lot of time and effort working on it.
on July 10,2013 | 10:16AM
scooters wrote:
Man! Can't a guy just have a little fun?
on July 10,2013 | 10:41AM
tiki886 wrote:
I wonder what he told his wife? "Honey, I'm going to the supermarket to buy some milk. I'll be right back".
on July 10,2013 | 10:46AM
ezridah wrote:
Sons of Guns
on July 10,2013 | 11:57AM
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