“About 5 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of a person in a silver van aiming a weapon out of a window on North 16th Street, near Indiana Avenue, police said. After pulling the van over, they found (Kyree) Saunders in the driver’s seat wearing a black hoodie and a black bandana over his face, police said.” That’s the story according to philly.com.
Saunders’ response for the boys in blue when asked exactly WTF he was doing: making a rap video!
Next to the driver’s seat was a loaded Eagle Arms Eagle-15 rifle, along with a second loaded magazine, police said. Saunders told police he was making a video for a rap singer, police said.
Because one of the first things they teach you in film school production class: when making a rap video, always make sure to have plenty of live ammo both in the gun and on the set.
But wait! Maybe Saunders’ story wasn’t entirely bull$h!t.
A second man was with the van and had video equipment on him, police said. He has not been charged. Police confiscated the rifle.
So maybe Saunders and his producer really were working on a rap video. Which only makes the fact that the AR was loaded with live ammo even more insane. Did they not know the rifle was loaded? Couldn’t tell the difference between real and dummy ammo? Didn’t care? You make the call.
The rifle allegedly belonged to “a friend.” Saunders, though, has been charged with carrying a firearm without a license and unlawfully carrying a firearm in public. So for conspicuous stupidity in ostensible pursuit of art and hip hop immortality, Kyree Saunders is our all-too-deserving Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day.