On May 2, 2018, at approximately 3:09 p.m., Harrisburg Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of North Street for a report of shots fired. Officers checked the area with negative results. Shortly after, a witness contacted 911 and stated that he saw a gold Ford Explorer flee the area. He advised Dispatch that an occupant was shooting from inside the vehicle and that it was last seen traveling east on Herr Street.
Dauphin County Dispatch relayed the vehicle information to Penbrook and Susquehanna Township Police. Penbrook Police located the vehicle at the intersection of North 19th and Forster Streets. A traffic stop was initiated at Linn and Forster Streets.
As Penbrook Police initiated the stop, the operator and front seat passenger exited the vehicle in an attempt to flee. Penbrook Police ordered the males back inside the vehicle. The operator returned; however, the front passenger fled.
The driver was identified as Willie Bristol. Once he was safely detained, Harrisburg Officers observed a black AK47 in the front passenger seat. The rifle had a loaded magazine and there was an additional loaded magazine in the center console of the vehicle. Officers also observed a bullet hole in the front driver door of the vehicle and shattered glass on the front driver seat. It was later discovered that the front driver window had been completely shattered.
Bristol stated that he allowed his nephew to use his vehicle. He had then received a phone call that his vehicle had been shot. He had his nephew come pick him up and they went to look for the individuals who fired the shots. Other units on scene located several casings and an additional vehicle that had been struck by gunfire at the intersection of North 18th and Briggs Street.
Bristol did not have a valid permit to carry a firearm. Additionally, due to a 1994 felony conviction, Bristol was a Person Not to Possess a Firearm. He was placed under arrest and transported to County Booking. A search of his vehicle revealed forty-five pirated DVDs in a black shopping bag. A majority of these movies are currently in theaters and not yet out in stores.
Bristol was charged with one count each of Possession of Firearm Prohibited, Firearms Not to Be Carried W/O License, and Retail Recorded Device.