NJ Pawn Shop Owner Arrested in Possible Link to Jersey City Shooters

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A pawn shop owner in Keyport, NJ has been arrested on weapons-related charges after his phone number was found on one of the suspects in the Jersey City shooting, NBC New York reports.

Officials are now looking into whether any of the guns used in the shooting came from that Keyport pawn shop, which was full of firearms, including three AR-15-style assault rifles.

Ahmed A-Hady, 35, of Keyport, New Jersey, is charged in a criminal complaint with one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested by FBI agents early Saturda morning and is expected to appear on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint, filed today:

On Dec. 10, 2019, there was a mass shooting in Jersey City in which two individuals, a male (Individual 1) and a female (Individual 2), killed three civilians after earlier killing a law enforcement officer. After the shooting, law enforcement recovered from Individual 1’s right rear pants pocket a handwritten note that contained a telephone number ending in 4115, and a Keyport, New Jersey, address. Law enforcement also recovered several weapons carried by Individuals 1 and 2, including an AR-15 rifle.

FBI agents determined that the phone number ending in 4115 contained on the note belonged to A-Hady. Law enforcement also determined that the Keyport address listed on the note was a storefront for a pawn shop.

Law enforcement obtained records of A-Hady’s history of firearm purchases. Those records indicated that around May 23, 2007, A-Hady purchased a Smith and Wesson .45 caliber handgun bearing serial number NHN5284 (the “.45 caliber”). Records also indicate that on or about June 2, 2007, A-Hady purchased a Smith and Wesson .44 caliber handgun bearing serial number CEV4085 (the “.44 caliber”).

Subsequent to purchasing the firearms, A-Hady was convicted on April 2, 2012, in Monmouth County Superior Court, of attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous substance or analog by fraud, a crime punishable by more than one year in prison. As a result of that conviction, A-Hady is no longer permitted to possess a firearm.

On the evening of Dec. 13, 2019, law enforcement officers traveled to the pawnshop and interviewed A-Hady and two of his relatives. During the course of A-Hady’s interview, he admitted to owning both the .45 caliber and the .44 caliber, but falsely denied that they were on the premises.

After A-Hady was interviewed, one of his relatives (Relative-1) told law enforcement that there was a safe located inside Company A. Relative-1 further stated that the safe contained firearms, including A-Hady’s .44 and .45 caliber handguns. Relative-1 subsequently consented to a search of the safe located inside the pawnshop. Law enforcement recovered three firearms: (i) a PK 380; (ii) a Ruger 9mm bearing serial number 33389546; and (iii) the Smith and Wesson .44 caliber handgun bearing serial number CEV4085 referenced above.

Law enforcement then lawfully searched both the pawnshop and A-Hady’s private residence. During the search of the pawnshop, law enforcement recovered six rifles (including three AR-15-style assault rifles), three handguns, and one shotgun. In addition, during the searches of the pawnshop and A-Hady’s private residence, law enforcement recovered over 400 rounds of ammunition, including a large number of hollow point bullets.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. It will not be a total end to bloodshed but -being that most firearms are not being used these days defensively-it is a reasonable histadlus to enact immediade strong gun control. NOW. —-While beefing up security measures in all public areas as is done in Israel. Yes, we are altready in such a matzav …. (not only religious targets – out of control!!!!!!!!)

  2. cousin sue, NJ has one of the strictest gun laws and exactly how did it help prevent this tragic event? Citizens should have the option of defending themselves. Stricter gun laws won’t keep gun out of criminals’ hands.

  3. @cousin sue Where do you get your statistics. There are 100 million legal guns in the USA and they are used defensively. Gun control is the last thing we need. The guns used here were illegal weapons. Imagine if the murdered people had guns to protect themselves. This may have ended very differently. The absolutely last thing we need is less capability to protect ourselves.

  4. Cousin Sue
    The reason most find are being used for crimes is because law abiding citizens can’t get them. The only ones who are able to get ahold of guns due to gun control, are criminals
    If anything this shows the foolishness of gum control and the need to immediately relax the laws

  5. Sue….
    READ the article.
    He possessed them ILLEGALLY.
    Translation: according to the LAW he was not allowed to possess these firearms (just like gun control laws), but he possessed them ANYWAY DESPITE THE LAW.
    Get it now?
    Yup, I didn’t think so.

  6. cousin sue, when our politicians and all government agencies including local police and FBI give up their guns only then we can “enact immediade strong gun control. NOW”

  7. I am neither for nor against gun control. However, one major point for gun control advocates is as follows.
    Since 1983 there has been a ban on machine guns. The result? That there are virtually no recorded incidents of machine gun killings in the recent past. Go find out.
    What we may conclude.
    When there are guns around, they may be obtained illegally. When there is a total ban and the guns arent in circulation, they cannot be used in killings.
    Thoughts?

  8. Machine guns were not banned in 1986. The manufacturing for civilians and importation was. In most states even many with strict laws you can own one. There’s about 640,000 machine guns in private hands today. I was in a gun store about 5 years ago and I should of bought a ticket. As a fundraiser they were raffling off a full auto Uzi.
    Too many people talk with out understanding how guns work. They always think more is better.
    I own 2-9mm handguns with 17rd magazines, a 12 gauge shotgun, & an AR-15 (scary “Assault Rifle”) with 30rd magazines. Besides being fun to shoot, I would choose which one to use based on the circumstances.
    Machine guns fire many bullets very quickly. Bullets cost money. Who can afford blowing through $20 every 2 seconds? They’re also very hard to control especially when standing so most bullets won’t hit anything. If your out in the field there’s only so many bullets you can carry. With a machine gun you’ll put 5 bullets in 4 people instead of 20 bullets in 20 people and very quickly be out of ammo.
    Soldiers rarely fire their guns on full auto, because it’s impossible to hit anything and they’ll quickly run out of ammo. The only time they use it is for a short burst to provide cover so their buddy can reach a better position.
    Guns aren’t magical. They work on science, physics, and geometry.

  9. Bh there are secheldig comments here.

    After a shooting let’s support legislation to… Disarm ourselves? Wow.

    That derech went out the window with the first gemara burning we say kinnos for, and it got really old around 1939. We cannot farm out our protection to others. We cannot rely on those in power merely at THIS moment to consider OUR safety and security THEIR top priority forever. Hkbh has provided for us the tools we need to defend ourselves and our communities. Let’s not be ungrateful.

  10. Chash, there is NOT a ban on machine guns. There is a law barring creation of any NEW ones, but the existing tens of thousands are 100% legal in any state the founders would settle in. The reason there is no crime with them is that there is a heavy tax and onerous process to obtain them, and supply and demand has made them too expensive for the criminal class to purchase (even the cheapest is $5k now) or steal (since they are stored securely, moreso than others). More importantly, full automatic capability does nothing to further the tactical ends of 99% of the firearm-bearing criminal’s goals. That is, with the exception of terorrists, both Muslim and gang-related (eg striking fear in an opponents mindset), both of which DO regularly seek out illegal fully automatic firearms.

  11. To chash:
    Your right but it coukd never happen here in America to get rid of all guns because of the 2nd Ammendment of the Constitution. So your always going to have semi-automatic guns around. That said, the only thing that can be done is like in Israel where everyone has a gun to protect themselves and Everyone Is Very Well Trained.