2016-02-17 / Front Page

Cops Bust Rego Park Man With Huge Arms Stash

By Liz Goff
A 33-year-old Rego Park man is facing up to seven years in prison for stockpiling more than 225 pounds of gunpowder, an assortment of weapons, including handguns, shotguns and assault rifles and more than 45,000 rounds of multi-caliber ammunition in his one-bedroom apartment on Wetherole Street, authorities said.

Queens District Attorney Richard brown said Guo Shou amassed enough weapons and deadly weapons in his apartment to cause a life-threatening explosion..

“The defendant is accused of turning his apartment into an arsenal by stockpiling deadly weapons and ammunition  - all laying in plain sight and unsecured,” Brown said.

“It s extremely disturbing to find such a lethal arsenal of this magnitude in a residential community – especially one located less than two blocks from an elementary school. Alone, the amount of gunpowder found was capable of igniting and causing significant damage to not only to the defendant’s apartment, but to neighboring apartments and the building’s exterior walls, as well as injuring or killing anyone unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity,” Brown said.

Law enforcement sources said Shou was an illegal arms dealer who was selling the weapons and ammunition out of his apartment at 65-60 Wetherole Street in Rego Park until February 8, when members of the NYPD Licensing Division and the NYPD Organized Crime Investigation Division Task Force conducted an administrative pistol licensee review at his apartment.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said when the officers entered the apartment, thy spotted hundreds of pounds of smokeless gunpowder, an assault rifle and huge-capacity magazines and ammunition lying in plain sight inside the apartment.

The cops returned to the apartment a short while later, armed with a court-authorized search warrant secured by Brown’s office, where they arrested Shou and seized:

  • Fourteen licensed handguns that were not properly secured in a safe, and did not have safety lick devices
  • Two loaded licensed shotguns that did not have any safety lock devices
  • One licensed rifle without a safety lock
  • Approximately 45,000 rounds of ammunition for a variety of weapons
  • 225 pounds of smokeless gunpowder, stored in various containers and open to view
  • Unassembled lower and upper parts for AR-10 and AR-15 assault rifles, which allegedly could each be assembled into complete assault rifles within one minute
  • Three high-capacity magazines (one fully loaded with 20 rounds) and each capable of holding in excess of ten rounds of .308-caliber ammunition
  • Two Kevlar body armor vests
  • Six Kevlar armor plates
  • One ammunition press
  • Numerous primers, empty cartridges, and various other devices and components of ammunition and five computers

Brown said Shou does not have a federal gun dealer firearms license and is not licensed to sell or manufacture firearms or ammunition.

Shou was arraigned on February 9 at Queens Criminal Court where he was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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