Large-capacity drum magazine like something used in war: Experts

The high-capacity ammo magazine that a crazed gunman used to kill a rookie NYPD cop and wound another in Harlem turns the weapon into something that could be found in war-torn Afghanistan, say experts on Saturday.

The so-called “drum” magazine allows the Glock to hold 40 additional cartridges to the usual 10 of the firearm.

New York prohibits the use of magazines with more than 10 cartridges unless you are an active military or police officer, according to state law and an online site that sells the magazines for $89.95.

“Now you can load Tuesday and fire through Wednesday with this 50 Round 9mm Magazine for your Glock. It will fit and work in all Glock 9mm handguns (except the Glock 43)” , explains the Glockstore site, noting that state restrictions apply.

Former NYPD cop and private investigator Bo Dietl compared the ammunition magazine to “something our troops saw in Afghanistan”.

Lashawn McNeil is accused of shooting two police officers, killing one, in Harlem.

“Who is wearing this? A person who wants to kill a lot of people,” Dietl told the Post. “We’re lucky we don’t have three dead cops.”

Dietl said a high-ranking police officer told him those who viewed body camera footage of the Friday ambush that killed Jason Rivera, 22, and injured his partner Wilbert Mora, 27, described the consequences as “devastating”. The accused shooter Lashawn McNeil was shot by a third officer as he tried to escape, police said.

Says Dietl: “This [type of firearm] is driven by the criminal element that seeks to eliminate as many people as possible. Now the cops become the victims… There’s no reason anyone should have that kind of power except to kill people.

Police recovered the illegal Glock 45 from the crime scene, equipped with the “high capacity magazine”, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said. The gun McNeil allegedly used was stolen in Baltimore in 2017, he said.

Battery chargers are illegal in nine states, including Maryland, where capacity for civilians is limited to 10 rounds, according to the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“A high-capacity magazine gives the shooter the ability to spray rounds,” said firearms expert Robert LaMonica, 69, a retired NYPD sergeant at New York’s East 75th Precinct. “Those [bad] guys have these type of guns because they don’t want to aim, they just spray and pray,” the former NYPD ballistics detective (2003-2005) said.

Police stand on sidewalk, police tape block off area where crime took place.
Officer Rivera had joined the force in 2020 with the intention of improving relations between the cops and the communities they served.
Christopher Sadowski
A product image of the same style of firearm used in the fatal Harlem shooting.
The weapon used was reportedly stolen in Baltimore in 2017.

PBA President Patrick Lynch said, “Criminals have always had access to illegal weapons. This part is not new. The difference now is that criminals have more firepower and use it more frequently, because the message on the streets is that there are no consequences if they get caught. Last night [Friday night] this message cost the life of a hero policeman. This needs to change, right away. »

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