Five shots fired toward the Kensington Expressway from an Oakmont Avenue apartment early Sunday brought a swift response from police who averted a standoff with two gunmen, authorities said.
After determining the shots were fired from the back door of the home at 110 Oakmont, near Suffolk Street, police arrested one of the alleged shooters who appeared at the rear door.
During a search of the residence, a second man was apprehended in a darkened upstairs hallway, Lt. Larry J. Baehre of the Kensington Station said today.
Officers, after making the first arrest, had entered the apartment to check on the welfare of four young children inside and were taken by surprise when they found the second individual, Baehre said.
"It had all the makings of an armed standoff, but by taking swift action and going inside, we encountered the other suspect and found the gun that had been fired. The guy didn't have a chance to act," Baehre said.
Felix A. Rodriquez, 25, of Blum Avenue and Anthony R. Negron, 19, of Grant Street were charged with criminal possession of a weapon, prohibited use of a weapon, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of stolen property.
The recovered handgun, a revolver with a 6-inch barrel, was reported to state police as stolen from an Akron man on Feb. 19, according to authorities.
"Witnesses told us the people in the apartment were carrying on all night and were winding down when the shots were fired," said Baehre, who found Negron allegedly hiding in the second-floor hallway. "Luckily, we have no reports of vehicles on the Kensington being hit by the bullets, probably because it was early Sunday morning."
Officers Karen Czekalski and James Hosking were patrolling at about 6:30 a.m. in the Langfield housing project when they heard the gun discharge five times.