At approximately 4:30 p.m. on May, 20 officers from the UNIT observed the teens holding firearms while posing for photos on a park bench, then concealing them in their waistbands.
Jason Hazel, 18, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of a drug related object. James White, 17, and two 16-year-old males were arrested and charged with possession of a handgun under 18 and carrying a concealed firearm. Another 16-year-old was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Officers seized four handguns, a rifle, marijuana, and several rounds of miscellaneous ammunition during the incident.
Anyone with any information on this case should contact the SCMPD tip line. The tip line is open directly to investigators by dialing (912) 525-3124.
Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.