David Manning, 59, said that he was in his driveway in the 3800 block of Pearl Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when two neighborhood men came up to him carrying a gray plastic case.
One of the men opened the case and pulled out a black compact machine gun, said it was an Uzi and offered to sell it to Manning, he told police. When Manning declined, the two men took the gun and walked into the woods around the intersection of East 41st Street and Laurel Road, according to the police report.
Manning told police that shortly after the men went into the woods, he heard eight to 10 shots fired and then watched as the same two men left the woods and drove away in a silver Saturn.
For Manning, the incident is more than annoying.
“I’m not going to tolerate that in my neighborhood,” Manning said, adding that the machine gun and the shots in the woods made him nervous.
“It makes me wonder if they’d come back with that gun and shoot me,” he said.
Manning gave police the names of the two suspects but police have not yet been able to confirm that they both own and used the gun on Tuesday.