A college student originally from New York City has been indicted on over 300 gun-related charges, accused of trafficking firearms into the Big Apple and illegally selling dozens of weapons to an undercover officer, according to prosecutors.
Shakor Rodriguez, a 23-year-old Bronx native studying at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, was hit with 304 counts in two indictments, including charges of criminal sale of a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm, the Bronx District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
Rodriguez allegedly brought the weapons and high-capacity magazines to New York from the South, stuffing the guns in duffle bags and sometimes traveling by bus from Tennessee with them, Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said.
Rodriguez allegedly sold an undercover officer 73 firearms, 59 of which were loaded, and over 40 high-capacity magazines from July 17, 2020, to December 22, 2021, according to a news release.
The undercover police officer paid between $1,000 and $1,500 per gun. Rodriguez reportedly sold most of the guns near his former home in the Bronx as well as multiple sales on Allen Street in Manhattan, prosecutors said.
Officials are still investigating how he got the guns and where they were purchased according to NBC News.
Rodriguez made the Dean’s List for the fall 2020 semester at Austin Peay State University, meaning he had a GPA of 3.5 of higher according to school records,
The school says Rodriguez was enrolled for the spring semester, but it cannot comment on the ongoing investigation.
The 23-year-old was arrested Dec. 22 after the investigation was conducted by the NYPD Firearms Investigations Unit and the Bronx District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprise Bureau.
“The NYPD worked diligently to intercept these deadly weapons before they hit our streets. Bronxites are dying from gunfire and we cannot tolerate one more illegal gun in our community,” Clark said in a statement.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell says stopping traffickers is a priority.
“Stopping traffickers who flood our…