NEW BRUNSWICK – Ever increasing concerns about assault rifles led to a police raid of an off-campus apartment where officers confiscated an imitation assault rifle and imitation handgun, city police said.
On Saturday, March 3, people went to New Brunswick police headquarters and reported that while at a party at a Sicard Street apartment, they spotted an assault rifle, police said.
Acting on the report, New Brunswick police obtained a search warrant and, working with Rutgers University police and investigators from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, raided the apartment Saturday afternoon.
Officers found the imitation rifle and handgun and confiscated both, police said. They said no charges were filed against residents of the apartment, but the investigation is continuing.
In the aftermath of the February 14 shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school, where a former student killed 17 people using an AR -15 assault rifle, police across the country have stepped up investigations of any reported threats of violence against schools and reports of guns.
New Brunswick police, in a statement about Saturday’s incident, continued urging people to be vigilant in reporting information to officers.
“The New Brunswick Police Department encourages anyone who sees something suspicious to report it to the police so that the information can be properly investigated,” city police Capt. J.T. Miller said in the statement.
Two New Brunswick middle school students were arrested in the last two weeks after they made comments about having guns.
On February 26, a 12-year-old student reportedly told others he had a gun in his backpack. Police were called and no gun was found. Three days earlier, on February 23, a 14-year-old student was arrested after he reportedly told another student he had a gun in his backpack. Police came to the school and discovered the student did not have a gun.