Fisherman Reportedly Unearths A Bag Of Rifles Off Shore In NYC

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A fisherman uncovered a bag of rifles Wednesday morning in Jamaica Bay offshore of New York City, according to a report.

Police say the 44-year-old fisherman found three rifles inside of a plastic bag out in the bay near Queens shortly after 10 a.m., according to the New York Post. Instead of calling the cops, the man walked to a local station and alerted them to his discovery.

Divers from New York Police Department’s emergency service unit then went to hunt for the rifles. Not only did they find those that fisherman had uncovered, but an additional 14 handguns were recovered from the shallow water in the bay, police and other sources told the outlet.

The search is ongoing for any other firearms in the vicinity. Police also hope to figure out who the weapons belonged to before ending up in the bay, the New York Post noted.

Earlier in March, NYPD seized a huge store of ghost guns in the Queens area of the city, ABC 7 reported. Kits to build additional weapons were also recovered from the scene, with a suspect in the case facing 131 different charges related to the discovery. (RELATED: Mayor Eric Adams Calls New York City ‘Laughingstock’ Amid Crime Surge)

Overall crime rose 23.5% in NYC throughout 2022 despite shootings and homicides technically being down compared to previous years, according to CNN.