The ever sensational New York Post reports today that Raymond "Ready" Martinez, the CD peddler who was killed Thursday by police after firing on them with a machine gun, could have caused much more damage had he held his gun properly, and not, as the Post claims, like a "character out of a rap video":
"A Times Square bloodbath was narrowly avoided because the machine-pistol-toting thug who fired at a cop flipped the gun on its side like a character out of a rap video, causing the weapon to jam after two shots, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.
When scam artist Raymond "Ready" Martinez held the MAC-10-style gun parallel to the ground, it caused the ejecting shells to "stovepipe," or get caught vertically in the chamber, the sources said. The gun is designed to be fired only in a vertical position."
Sgt. Christopher Newsom killed Martinez with four shots, and the police are looking to speak with the woman who bought the machine gun in Richmond, VA, later reporting it stolen.
Times Sq. Gunman Held Weapon Like a Rapper [New York Post]